The prejudice against nomads is very old. While sedentary peoples have often envied nomads their freedom and political independence, nomads are often stigmatized as being “obstacles to development.” In Africa, nomadic pastoralists are accused by their governments of contributing to ecological degradation by overgrazing their animals. In fact, nomads like the Gabra take elaborate care of their grazing lands. Their very survival depends on it. People become restless once the decisions to move has been made, and women often get up in the middle of the night to begin dismantling their households. All of the packing and loading is done entirely by women. Gabra live their entire lives in unending cycles of migration. They know how to use their land and to conserve its resources. They move even before they have to in order to ensure that the land is replenished for the future.
Kenya, East Africa Population: 30,000
Museo Silver Rag (Color Digital Print)
Dimesion: 13.256” x 20”