XXXI. Angola

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Mucawana

Mucawana

Angola

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The Mucawana people mainly live in Cunene province in the south and are known for their intricate kapapo headdress fashioned from found materials. 

Muchimba / Himba

Muchimba / Himba

Angola

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The Muchimba people are a semi-nomadic people living mainly in Angola’s border area with Namibia, on the dry Kaokoveld Plateau in the Cunene region. 

The Cunene river is an important resource in Muchimba daily life, much of which revolves around their cattle and goats.

Mwila

Mwila

Angola

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Mwila people are part of the Nyaneka-Khumbi group and live mainly in south-western Angola in the Huila region. They are known for their impressive vikeka necklaces, made of mud and beads. Girls start wearing the necklaces from the onset of puberty and almost never take them off.

Hairstyles often indicate status within the community.

Hairstyles differ widely from group to group and often indicate status and position within the community. The Mwilas shape their hair like a horn with a mixture of oil and clay, decorated with shells and beads. Wearing an ostrich feather in your hair indicates that you are married.