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Samburu Tribe

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Kenya 1998 We took a few hours off from the animal safari to visit a Samburu village. The Samburu are related to the Maasai. I think some of their customs are similar but the Samburu that we visited were shorter … Continue reading

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Nomads on the Asy Plateau

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Asy Plateau, Kazakhstan 2016 Kazakhstan is the third largest country on earth. Talk about wide open spaces. That is why this photo is so small.  I wanted to get the herd and yurt in the photo, so I couldn’t zoom … Continue reading

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The Ends of the Earth

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  Asy Plateau, Kazakhstan 2016 An abandoned observatory, built by the Soviets, is wreathed by razor wire.  Does it remind you of the Doomsday feeling that the cold war brought to both the U.S.A and the Soviet Union? That is … Continue reading

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Kazakh Wearing Fox Fur

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Western Mongolia, 2014 I decided to backup some of my photos. Every now and then I get paranoid about losing them. As I copied my Mongolia photos, I panicked when I didn’t recognize some of the shots. Had I never looked … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Nomad

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Bouarfa, Morocco 2006 He called himself a nomad. I wrote the Moroccan word in my notebook but look! that was ten years ago. He and his family had driven their sheep from Erfoud to Bouarfa (about 500 km ) in order … Continue reading

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Niger: Wodaabe Ceremony

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Niger: Somewhere near Agadez The Wodaabe are nomadic. The elders, women and children set up camps and send the young men out with the cattle. They men stay with the cattle until the grass is sparse, then the camp is moved. … Continue reading

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On the Way to Er Foud

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Morocco in the late 1990’s I used to hire a Berber man from Merzouga to drive me through the desert to visit villages or nomads, whichever came first. I didn’t know it at the time, but he was shy. I think, now, … Continue reading

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Rabari Nomads

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Gujarat, India 2009 A Rabari man and his daughter herd their flock to new pastures. The father led the way, the girl stayed back ensuring no animal strayed. When a motorcycle sped past, she ran to the front to keep … Continue reading

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From Taodenni to Tombouctou

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Mali, West Africa 2005 Touareg men load salt slabs on the backs of their camels in preparation for another day of travel through the Sahara Desert. It was dawn and it was cold. We stood far away from the caravan. If … Continue reading

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Touareg Camp in the Sahara

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Mali 2005 I’m not really sure where we were. No one knew but it was either Mali or Mauritania. The women spoke Hasaniya which is a dialect of Arabic. No matter that we were in the middle of nowhere, the … Continue reading

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