Still Points in a Turning World Namibia

In Namibia, you become a part of the landscape. It envelopes you in sand, tints you red, makes your eyes squint. And once you stop resisting, you, too, become part of the land.

In the Namib Desert, we visit Sossusvlei, oldest and highest dunes in the world made of red sand and white salt pans. When the wind from the west meets the wind from the east, the sand is pushed upward like the ocean waves making sculptural shapes and shadows. Mysterious and magical
. We rise at dawn to watch the sunrise turn the dunes on fire.

The people of Namibia possess a reverence for their landscape. No matter how little rain falls on the southern African country, or how strongly the sun bakes the earth. This respect is for the landscape, the wildlife and for all the different tribes who live there.

The San Bushmen are the first people of Africa, they are descendants of the original Homo sapiens, who occupied Southern Africa, for at least 150 000 years.

The San people have been forced to abandon their traditions. Some people are working to preserve the culture, but the last remaining areas were they could live as hunter-gatherers are slowly being converted to commercial farmland.

Remote Himba tribeswomen coat their bodies and hair in a mixture of animal fat and ochre; they literally cover themselves in the landscape


Today, life for the Himba is in transition and less than ten thousand still cling to the traditional ways of their forefathers.
"My favorite thing is to go where I never have been." Diane Arbus

The earth is not ours, it is a treasure we hold in trust for future generations.

(Namibian Proverb)
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terri gold

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