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        Kara Women Speak by Jane Baldwin | Photo Essay | Global Oneness Project

        Students view a photo essay from Jane Baldwin's recent body of work titled, "Kara Women Speak: Stories from Women," which distills ten years of travel in the Omo River Valley photographing and recording stories from the women of indigenous communities living in southwestern Ethiopia.

        In this lesson, students examine the characteristics of the Kara people and their way of life, and discuss the potential environmental and cultural impacts of the Gibe III dam and hydroelectric plant in Ethiopia. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

         

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        Kara Women Speak by Jane Baldwin | Global Oneness Project

        Photographer Jane Baldwin's recent body of work titled Kara Women Speak: Stories from Women, distills ten years of travel in the Omo River Valley photographing and recording stories from the women of indigenous communities living in southwestern Ethiopia.

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        Teenage Kara girl from the Omo River Valley | Global Oneness Project

        Teenage Kara girl from the Omo River Valley in southwestern Ethiopia. Her community is on the verge of losing their culture and self-sustaining way of life.

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        A young Hamar girl hopes to attend school | Global Oneness Project

        A young Hamar girl hopes to attend school. Female education is becoming more widely accepted by her culture.

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        Hamar mother wearing traditional leathers and bead adornment | Global Oneness Project

        Hamar mother wearing traditional leathers and bead adornment. The two metal necklaces around her neck signify she is married.

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        Omo River near village of Duss | Global Oneness Project

        Omo River near village of Duss. The survival of self-sustaining communities depend on the river's natural flood cycle to replenish their land for farming and grazing of livestock.

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        Dassanech girls on top of a sorghum storage platform | Global Oneness Project

        Dassanech girls in the Omo River Delta on top of a sorghum storage platform. Sorghum is a main source of protein for this region, providing abundant vitamins and minerals.

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        Twins are perceived as one until they marry | Global Oneness Project

        Twins are perceived as one until they marry. During childhood they eat out of the same bowl and by tradition, must marry at the same time.

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        Kwegu mother | Global Oneness Project

        Kwegu mother with her young child, cradling a baby goat in her arms. Cattle, goats and sheep are the wealth of a family and community.

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        Nyangatom men from the Sudan side of the Omo River | Global Oneness Project

        Nyangatom men from the Sudan side of the Omo River. They take their goats, sheep, and cattle to water several times each day.

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        A young Mursi girl | Global Oneness Project

        A young Mursi girl wearing her unique leather dress made from the skin of a goat.

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        Grieving mother | Global Oneness Project

        Kara mother. This mother is grieving for her young son who was recently killed by a Nile crocodile at the river's edge.

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        Young Kara woman in traditional leathers | Global Oneness Project

        Young Kara woman dressed in traditional leathers adorned with beadwork, wearing steel bracelets and cowry shell necklaces.

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        Sheep and goats leaving the Omo River | Global Oneness Project

        Sheep and goats leaving the Omo River. If Gibe III dam is completed, the self-sustaining and independent cultures of half a million people in Ethiopia and Kenya will be at risk.

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        Kara women threshing sorghum sing while they work | Global Oneness Project

        Kara women threshing sorghum harvested from the riverbank. Women often sing while they work.

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        Young women grind sorghum into flour | Global Oneness Project

        Young women grind sorghum into flour, which is then cooked into porridge with water and wild greens.

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        Crocodile Man | Global Oneness Project

        Kara 'Crocodile Man' is shown here with Nile crocodile eggs he collected from the bank of the Omo River. The Kara don't eat crocodile eggs but sell them to the Nyangatom.

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        Protection from the evil eye | Global Oneness Project

        A young Kara mother who walked 40 miles to buy a bra to hide her breasts from people in her village she believes have the "evil eye" and could cause her breast milk to disappear.

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        Hands covered in flour | Global Oneness Project

        Kara woman in the village of Chelete, with flour on her hands from grinding sorghum. Sorghum is a vital food crop for all Omo River communities.

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        Women keep the oral tradition | Global Oneness Project

        A Kara matriarch. Women, keepers of the oral tradition, convey the narrative of their ancestry and family history through storytelling of myths and proverbs, and song.

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        Heavy steel anklets | Global Oneness Project

        An older Hamar woman. The heavy steel anklets placed on her legs will be worn for life.

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        Mursi elder with his adorned prize bull | Global Oneness Project

        Mursi elder with his adorned prize bull. Young men of the Kara, Hamar and Nyangatom all have a favorite bull and believe their bulls impart power and strength.

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        Wedding bracelets | Global Oneness Project

        To signify she is married, a Kara woman wears her wedding bracelets on their upper right arm.

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        Kara village dance brings the community together | Global Oneness Project

        Kara village dance that brings the community together to honor special occasions, rites of passage and ceremonial events.

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        Young Kara girl in the village of Labuk | Global Oneness Project

        Young Kara girl in the village of Labuk. Kara are known for their body adornment. The white chalk is a natural resource and collected near their village.

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        Evening celebration | Global Oneness Project

        Kara women at an evening celebration dressed in traditional leathers and adornment.

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        Hamar women dancing | Global Oneness Project

        Hamar women dancing. They are preparing for a young man's bull jumping ceremony, a rite of passage for men who want to marry and become elders in their tribe.

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        A young Hamar woman | Global Oneness Project

        A young Hamar woman. She has no voice in the political process as Gibe III dam nears completion, and land grabs by foreign investors force her people to abandon their ancestral land.

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        Nyangatom men along the river | Global Oneness Project

        Nyangatom men along the river. These elders will be left without a means to sustain their livelihoods ending up landless and dispossessed.

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        Dassanech elder in Omo Delta | Global Oneness Project

        Dassanech elder in Omo Delta. Large-scale irrigation and farming projects will rob this fragile ecosystem of water and result in environmental degradation and destruction.

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        Ethiopia's Omo River | Global Oneness Project

        Ethiopia's Omo River supplies 90% of the water flowing to Kenya's Lake Turkana, which may totally disappear if Gibe III is completed, creating a monumental ecological disaster.

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