Brazil. Amazon rain forest. Under a thatch of white bird's down a Yanomami
herald who came to invite a neighboring clan to a plantain soup feast waits in
the center of the vast communal house's interior courtyard to be received by an
elder. He has laid down his bow and arrows next to him.
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Brazil. Amazon rain forest. To help keep the peace with neighbors, a Yanomami clan invited another to come share plantain soup with them. Custom requires that hosts show much generosity and guests much delight with it, even if it the soup must be pushed down their throats. To keep up with the generosity, guests have no recourse but to also push a finger inside their throats once in a while to make room for more soup. They get so bloated that they end up looking high on drugs.
Amazonie. Pour aider à conserver la paix avec des voisins, un clan yanomami en
invita un autre à boire avec eux la soupe de plantain. La coutume requiert que
les hôtes démontrent une grande générosité et les invités beaucoup de
satisfaction, même s’il faut leur faire boire a la force. Et les hôtes font la
queue devant chaque invité avec leurs pleines calebasses. Pour tenir le coup
les invités n’ont d’autre recours, de temps en temps, que de s’enfoncer un doigt
dans la gorge.
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Niger. Sahara Desert. A Kel Rela Tuareg
girl is pulling a baby camel away from its mother for not allowing her family
to draw out some of the milk for themselves. The girl would then tie the
animal to a stake near her tent.
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Niger near Tahoua. Sahel. Fulani nomad walking ahead of his
herd of zebus, which follow him like dogs .He carries all his possessions on a
stick. They include a straw mat to rest on, a piece of cloth to lie under at
night, a bag of millet grain to mix with water for a quick meal, a calabash to
prepare the millet and eat in, an ax to cut wood for a fire, a bow to hunt, arrows in a leather sheath, a
herder's stick, rope shackles for some of his animals.
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Kenya. Near Lake Turkana. Turkana nomads watering their herds
of zebus and goats at deep water holes the women dug out of a dry river bed.
Using large bowls they carved out of wood, the women scoop the water at the
bottom of the holes and hand it up to the men above, who pour it in wooden
troughs for their animals.
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