The Banna live in the arid lands that lie East of the Omo River and North of Lake Turkana, this area, called the Lower Omo Region, has remained one of the most inaccessible and less developed parts of Ethiopia and East Africa.

The Banna are closely linked to their neighbors, the Hamer, they have a very similar language and culture.

The economy of the Banna is focused on breeding, the Banna herds are mainly made up of cattle, although there are also some sheep and goats; in addition, during the dry season one of the main activities is the gathering of wild honey.

The Banna hairstyles are true masterpieces and their traditional clothing has numerous decorations with beads and shells.

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Banna girls - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi

The Banna people