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Bridal Party
Photograph by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

A Himba woman, left, puts on the headdress a bride wears when she gets married—the day she leaves her parents' homestead and goes to live with her husband's family. The Himba trace descent through both a child's mother and father, creating a network of relations that bind together scattered groups of herders in an often harsh environment. Although women remain members of their mothers' families all their lives, at marriage they leave their fathers' families to become members of their husband's. The wedding headdress stays within the matrilineage, passed down from mother to daughter.





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