HEREROS, THE MODERN DAY FLINSTONES
Modern ‘Flintstones’ still exist, fortunately…
The Hereros are an ethnic group inhabiting parts of Southern Africa. They are farmers and make a living tending livestock. The Herero land belongs to the community and has no fixed boundaries. They speak the Herero language.
These images document a visit from a couple of Hereros to Rio Janeiro, invited by the brazilian photographer Sergio Guerra. It is hard to describe how people in the streets reacted to the Herero’s visit. Can you imagine how this unique culture can still cause such a commotion in the globalised XXIst century!?
Let’s time travel here for a moment… Nowadays researchers believe that Rio de Janeiro was the main slavery harbour during the XVIIth and XVIIIth Centuries, meaning that many thousand of african slaves arrived to this land, and they’ve mixed with the native population, giving rise to Rio’s singular human traits! One can only imagine back then, what an impact the slaves from all over Africa must have made in the medieval streets of Rio!
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