Above: A woman of the Himba tribe in Kunene, Namibia

Already a bit uncomfortable, I finally resolved to do something when I watched our guide touch the head and hair of a Himba woman without permission. He had Himba ancestry, he spoke the language, and he knew the people in the village. But the interaction had an unappealing power dynamic that was surely as obvious to the Himba woman as it was to me, in spite of our cultural differences.

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