Hereros by Jim Naughten
These beautiful images are captured by Jim Naughten, a portrait of Herero tribe members of Namibia. These colorful Victorian dresses and paramilitary costumes in world's oldest deserts looks so peacefully but the story behind these images is fascinating.
In late 19th century Germany colonized what was already home to the Herero people. They called this new place "Deutsche Sudwest-Afrika" but today this land is Namibia.
"The Missionaries set about converting and clothing them after European fashion. Over time, this became a Herero tradition, and continuing to dress in this manner was a great source of pride to the wearer. Gradually, regional variations in the silhouette emerged; for example cow horns to headdresses"
"War broke out between German colonizers and the local tribes in 1904. The Hereros tribe was devastated, having lost almost eighty percent of its population. Garments became an important expression of identity durning these fragile times. Upon killing a German soldier, a Herero warrior would remove the uniform and adopt it to his personal dress as a symbol of his prowess in battle. Paradoxically, as with the Victorian dresses, the wearing of German uniforms became a tradition that is continued to this day by Namibian men who honor their warrior ancestors during ceremonies, festivals and funerals." Jim Naughten
These stillness allows the past to speak.