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Introducing Jim Naughten’s ‘HEREROS’ Capturing Namibia’s Colonial past

London-based photographer Jim Naughten presents his photographic series ‘HEREROS’. Naughten dives into the racial and colonial history of the Herero tribe members of Namibia.

In the European scramble to colonise Africa, Kaiser Wilhelm’s
Germany claimed one of the least populated and most hostile environments on the planet. It became Deutsche Sudewest-
afrika. Though sparsely populated, it was already home to the
San, Nama and Herero people. Rhenish 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, the addition of ‘cow horns’ to headdresses reflects the great importance with which they regard their cattle.

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