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Visiting Hadzapi Tribe: Hunter, Gatherers in Africa with 40mm
Lens: Pentax 40mm Camera: K5 Photo Location: Tanzania 
Posted By: sealonsf, 04-02-2012, 10:13 AM

We recently had the opportunity to visit with the Hadzapi tribe in East Africa (Tanzania). They are one of the few hunter gatherers left. It was a very interesting and fun experience. We went hunting with them as they killed three birds with bows and arrows. I took my K5 with the pancake 40mm.

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This bird was still moving after being shot...
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So... to put it out of its misery, he crushed the bird's scull in his mouth.
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What an experience to visit and go on the hunt. Wonderful photos and I enjoyed the narrative.
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Wonderful set ! That must have been a great experience and I'm envious ! Some cracking shots in there. #3 and #6 (for the educational and cultural aspects) stand out for me.
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Loving pic number 3 best. Fantastic oppertunity for you.
Heyyyy that kid thinks he is Ozzie Ozbourne lol

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What an experience to visit and go on the hunt. Wonderful photos and I enjoyed the narrative.
Thanks! It was quite the experience. After I took the photo of the children you see here, I let them take a look at it in my camera - always a winner with kids around the world - but I realized that with these kids, there are no mirrors, so they have no idea what they themselves look like. One of the children jumped back when she saw the photo. Their language is one of the clicking languages and they were clicking away. I hope I didn't scare them. But the tribe were all very accommodating and the young men seemed to enjoy the hunt with us. They were obviously proud of their hunting skills. Their favorite meat is baboons and our safari guide said that one time he heard a baboon cry as soon as he saw them - he knew his number was up. Truly fascinating. The Hadazpi sleep on rocks - they don't make any kind of shelter for themselves. I can't imagine what childbirth is like.
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Loving pic number 3 best.
Thanks! They have that intense look on their faces because we brought "special" cigarettes for them and they were being divvied up between them.
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Thanks! They have that intense look on their faces because we brought "special" cigarettes for them and they were being divvied up between them.
Well its cool lol. I actualy made a mistake and its number four I realy like a lot. I like all of them of course but its the fourth pic that does it for me. I guess they are now enjoying that smoke
Special !!!!! mmmm i wont ask
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Well its cool lol. I actualy made a mistake and its number four I realy like a lot. I like all of them of course but its the fourth pic that does it for me. I guess they are now enjoying that smoke
Special !!!!! mmmm i wont ask
Ah! Thanks for the clarification. I'm always curious about which photos people like. It's hard for me to judge my own photos.

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Really fascinating shots. I liked #2 the best.

But I'm curious, how did you go about arranging this? I'm surprised that a society like this would be receptive to a westerner with a camera following them around!
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But I'm curious, how did you go about arranging this? I'm surprised that a society like this would be receptive to a westerner with a camera following them around!
It was part of our Safari in Tanzania so was set up by our Safari operator when I said I wanted to visit some of the tribes. They've been allowing people to visit for a long time now. It's money (or something more valuable to them like corn meal and cigarettes) for them so they're happy to show tourists around. You're only there for a couple of hours or so. I used my 40mm so it didn't seem so intrusive and asked before I took photos. They were very accommodating and seemed to have fun showing us around.
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We went to Masai Mara in Kenya in the 1980's through a tour organizer, but I don't remember this as being an option. I didn't even think to ask. I would have loved it! Was shooting with an old Pentax ME Super at the time.
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