National Geographic : 1928 Aug
A GALLA WATER CARRIER Ethiopian women were shy, for the most part, and it was often diffi cult to obtain good photographs showing them at their daily tasks. This woman is typical of those found throughout the plateau country-rather slender and delicate-featured, with curly hair, closely cut, a loose dress of cotton material, once white-and, most characteristic of all, her back bowed with a heavy weight. The large jar, a beautiful example of native pottery work, is usually kept in the hut for water or beer, while smaller jars are used to transfer water from the streams to the village. HER FIRST GLIMPSE OFAWHITE MAN The clothes of the womenof Galla areexceedingly durable; they are made of cowhide. As thegirls and women attend theherds inthis country of thorns, it is necessary that they should have protection. The women often wear their mops ofblack hair inlong ringlets, which are held in place with liberal quantities ofrancid butter (see, also, page 149). A really jaunty appearanceisobtained byplacing agood-sized pat of butter upon the head, wherethe warm sunwill cause ittospread evenly in all directions.