The Turkana inhabit one of the most arid regions in Northern Kenya, here water is a precious and very rare asset; in an arid place like the Turkana’s territory, breeding is the main source of livelihood, as it is almost impossible to practice farming.
 
The proud Turkana warriors keep alive their secular traditions and still practice passage rites, always accompanied by ceremonies and parties.
 
The Turkana have a passion for jewelry made of colored stones, they represent a status symbol and the necklaces they wear can weigh up to 10 kg!

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