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In the isolated and fertile volcanic valley of the Omo region of Ethiopia, the soil provides the people with an array of pigments for body decoration: red ochre, white kaolin, copper green, and yellow or light gray ash. Photos by Hans Sylvester

Africa | "Baba Ichanga" wearing traditional gelede mask and holding a baby, evoking the ancestors, his generation and the most recent one. Sanga village, Ketou, Benin | © Caption and image David Paul Carr

Africa ~ "Baba Ichanga" wearing traditional gelede mask and holding a baby, evoking the ancestors, his generation and the most recent one ~ Sanga Village, Ketou, Benin © Caption and Image David Paul Carr

atomic-flash: “ Masked dancers in front of the men’s longhouse at Tovei village, Urama Island, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea. June Photographer: Frank Hurley (via the Australian Museum) Hurley’s photos and film of the dancers are the only.

So beautiful | Ndebele woman standing in front of a traditionally painted Ndebele home. South Africa

Africa Ndebele woman standing in front of a traditionally painted Ndebele home. South Africa Scan of photograph by Peter Magubane on page 96 of the publication "African Heritage ~ Arts Crafts"

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Photographer Jimmy Nelson documents the world’s disappearing cultures in his book, Before They Pass Away.

powerful and flowerful suri girl / ethiopia by abgefahren2004, via Flickr

powerful and flowerful suri girl / ethiopia; pinned by Anika Schmitt

Africa | Married Ndebele woman in traditional dress. Ndebele village, Lesedi Cultural Village, near Johannesburg, South Africa | © World Pictures

Married Ndebele woman in traditional dress. Ndebele village, Lesedi Cultural Village, near Johannesburg, South Africa © World Pictures

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RECOMMENDED READING: Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan [Nigeria] A collection of short stories. Each story pays testament to the wisdom and resilience of children, even in the face of the most.

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