Of Connection And Personalization

A found pebble or a diamond. Both can hold high sentimental value for a person and define it's existence in a very personalized way.

Just like this highly prized sickle-blade ring worn by a Turkana man that serves many purposes - not only as a fighting weapon, decorative adornment but also as tool. In this case a miniature sickle, with curved blade, that maybe used for skinning, cutting meat, grass or fighting enemies.

This fascinating photograph was captured by French photographer Eric Lafforgue in Kenya.

This fascinating photograph was captured by French photographer Eric Lafforgue in Kenya.

The Turkanas inhabit the arid territories of northern Kenya, on the boundary with Sudan. Nilotic-speaking people, they have for a long time stayed outside of the influence of the main foreign trends. Nomad shepherds adapted to a almost totally desert area, some also fish in Lake Turkana. They are divided in 28 clans. Each one of them is associated with a particular brand for its livestock, so that any Turkana can identify a relative in this way.The majority of the Turkana still follow their traditional religion: they believe in a God called Kuj or Akuj, associated with the sky and creator of all things. He is thought to be omnipotent but rarely intervenes in the lives of people. The Turkana make finely carved wooden implements, used in the daily life. During the rainy season, moonlight nights' songs have a particular place in the Turkana's life. The songs often refer to their cattle or land, but they are sometimes improvised and related to immediate events. The Turkana have a deep knowledge of plants and products they use as medicine. -- Source