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A goat skin stretched in the sun surrounded by women and children of Turkana ethnicity, Island of Lake Turkana (previously called Lake Rudolf)

A goat skin stretched in the sun surrounded by women and children of Turkana ethnicity, Island of Lake Turkana (previously called Lake Rudolf)


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A goat skin stretched in the sun surrounded by women and children of Turkana ethnicity, Island of Lake Turkana (previously called Lake Rudolf)

A goat skin stretched in the sun surrounded by women and children of Turkana ethnicity, Island of Lake Turkana (previously called Lake Rudolf) Kenya. Date of Photograph:08-09/1974

Margiocco Aldo
MAD-S-051115-GEOK

Media ID 33185379

© Alinari Archives, Florence

Animal Skin Black Africans Ethnic Ethnic Traditional Landscape Lakes Negroid Populations Ethnography And Folklore Of A Group Population And Nationality


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This print by Margiocco Aldo transports us to the Island of Lake Turkana, formerly known as Lake Rudolf, in Kenya. The image captures a mesmerizing scene where a goat skin is stretched out under the scorching sun, surrounded by women and children belonging to the Turkana ethnicity. The vibrant colors of their traditional costumes stand out against the backdrop of the breathtaking landscape. Each woman's attire tells a unique story, reflecting their rich cultural heritage and sense of identity. The intricate patterns and bold designs on their clothing showcase an exquisite blend of fashion and tradition. As we observe this group portrait, it becomes evident that these women are not merely bystanders but active participants in preserving their ethnic customs. Their presence signifies unity and resilience within their community. The inclusion of children adds an element of innocence and curiosity to the photograph. They gaze at the goat skin with wide-eyed wonderment, perhaps eager to learn about its significance or engage in playful exploration. Margiocco Aldo's lens skillfully captures both human subjects and natural elements such as animal skins. This juxtaposition invites contemplation on our relationship with nature – how we utilize its resources while respecting its intrinsic value. In this single frame frozen in time from August-September 1974, we catch a glimpse into the lives of black Africans belonging to negroid populations like the Turkana people. It serves as a testament to anthropology's role in documenting diverse cultures worldwide through ethnography and folklore studies. Through this evocative photograph, Aldo reminds us that traditions deserve recognition beyond commercial use; they hold immense historical importance for population groups like those found on Lake Turkana's island.

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