Our house is a very very very fine house: Day 3 with the Afar Pastoralists

Lying on my camping mat in our grass hut, I woke up to a strange noise: a sloppy, sloshy sound. I squeezed out of the hut–bend over double, one shoulder then the other, one hip then the other. And discovered the source of the sloshing. Asia Hassan Ali, 6, was churning goat milk into butter. … More Our house is a very very very fine house: Day 3 with the Afar Pastoralists

Got Milk? Camel, goat, sheep, or cow: Day 2 with the Afar Pastoralists

In a land without water, even the simplest things need a second thought. How do you clean the milk container? In the Afar, many things are cleaned and sanitized not by soap and water, but by fire and light. That’s why the milk tastes smoky. The wooden or grass collections bowls are smoked between milkings, … More Got Milk? Camel, goat, sheep, or cow: Day 2 with the Afar Pastoralists