Having had most of her ngakoroumwa beads removed, and having collected water for all the nearby households in her new husband's family, Louren sits back down and a new coat of red ochre is applied to her head, hair and shoulders.
Rights ownerSamuel Frederick Derbyshire
ParticipantsEkapwan Esinyen, Ikaru Lokeke, Hellen Elar Ikaru, Veronica Kamate, Louren Engatuny, Margaret Ateit Lorukia
Item/objectNeck beads (ngakoroumwa), metal torc (alagama), red ochre (emunyen), cow skin (ejemu), conical wooden container for milking livestock (elepit), milk storage and souring container (akurum)
Social group settingFamily
TemporalityThe Akinyonyo ceremony, like all customs and rituals in Turkana, is fluid both in terms of its broader implications and the social and material components of its performance. It has definitely transformed in a number of subtle ways over the last century.
Date of creation2021-01-27