National Geographic : 2004 Jan
With the peace and good rains that came Hardygoats sustained the Himba during the 1980s to Namibia in the 1990s, the Himba rebuilt drought, when the herders lost most of their cattle. Even now goats remain important.Lacking the their herds and, working with international ritualsignificanceof cattle, they can be killedfor activists, helped block a proposed hydro- meat or sold for cash. electric dam that would have flooded ancestral lands along the Kunene. They also have benefited from new opportunities provided by the government of indepen dent Namibia-mobile schools where Himba children learn English, and conser vancies that give Himba control of wildlife and tourism on their lands. Vengapi Tijvinda, a grandmother in her 50s, lived through this rebirth. In the 1980s she was making baskets for tourists near Purros. Now she has returned to farming and rais ing goats and cattle: "Life is still the same, but the children can read and write. I am a member of [a] conservancy, and we have tasted game meat again."