This lady belongs to the Karo, a small tribe of a few thousand people. The Karo are just one tribe of around fifty that live in this region. Each cultural group has their own distinct customs, making this area very popular for cultural tours. Their neighboring tribes include the Bumi, Hamer, Mursi and Bodi.
The Karo live along the banks of a river and cultivate sorghum, maize and beans. They excel in face and body painting, practiced in preparation of their dances and ceremonies. This lady's face is painted with locally found white chalk, mixed with yellow mineral rock, red iron ore and black charcoal. Both men and women use this mixture to decorate their face and bodies, often imitating the spotted plumage of a guinea fowl. -- Where does she live?
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