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
Portrait of Rufo (a member of the Arbore Tribe, Debub Omo Zone in Ethiopia) After the introduction of missionaries into the Omo Valley, the Arbore share a mixture of Protestant and traditional animist.
Many anthropologists consider the Lower Omo Valley, in Ethiopia, to be the cradle of Mankind. Several ethnic groups currently inhabit the region, living in surroundings that seem nearly unchanged from the Bronze Age.