Ancient mountain roots

These wonderful striped and tilted metamorphosed sediments in the Damara mountains of Namibia record an event that lasted 200 million years: the creation of the supercontinent Gondwana out of its component parts during the Pan African orogeny between 400 and 600 million years ago, as complex life was spreading through the seas of the globe. We did a post covering this stupendous mountain building event available at

Image credit: Bernhard Edmaier



So many tourists do this with little to no interaction with the people they’re posing with.  To them, these Himba women are so odd and strange (I’ve read a substantial number of travel posts/personal blogs that attest to this) that their humanity is not apparent.  Sadly, it is not just White people, but anyone and everyone so Westernized that to them, the Himba are simple artifacts of Namibia not unlike the wild safari. 

There are of course photos that exhibit some interaction (read: the Himba/s in the shot are smiling at least), and I know the Himba are open to meeting other people and interacting with tourists.  But they are not always treated like human beings with expectations of privacy and dignity.

Their rejection of western culture is not why the Himba people receive this treatment.  Let’s be clear about that.  It is because of their lack of proximity to white supremacy.  Being non-European is an oddity that must either be ogled or exterminated, whether you’re in Namibia or the US, whether you’re bare-chested in Windhoek or walking down the street in Ferguson, Missouri.  Not even money and fame can protect you from the standard shame of being Black.

Being Black is treated as a situation one only employs away from “civilization”, even in Africa.  Our existence is not accepted in the current world as is as this video shows.  A Himba man must fold and stash his culture (read: soul) away in order to shine outside and he is lauded as “exceptional”. 


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"I just hope that the husbands don’t mistake me as one of the dark."

Remember that time that white lady traveled to Namibia, wanting to be dressed as a traditional Himba women, and they all laughed at her ol dumb ass? “The women’s howls of laughter are still ringing in my ears.” Pure comedy lmao. 


These ‘fairy circles’ appear in Namibia and stretch for over 1,200 miles of land up to Angola. Scientists have been trying to figure out what causes them for years. For a time, it was believed termites were the culprits, but there wasn’t enough evidence to completely settle the matter. The circles were then found to actually occur in patterns, and aren’t random at all, and scientists are now under the impression that the grass naturally organizes itself this way due to the arid nature of their surroundings, and this is how they get their water. Nature in other parts of the world show similar patterns on smaller scales. While nothing is absolutely certain about the circles, that seems to be the most accurate and boring theory.