Songs at a Desert Lake (video)

The shores of Lake Turkana are home to many fishermen. Their traditions include making nets and singing songs. Women aren’t allowed into the boats, so while the men go fishing, the women sing. They sing about their strong men, hoping they will bring home food for the family.

Below a hilltop village overlooking the lake’s western shore, two fishermen walked along the shoreline to a spot hidden by palm fronds. There they keep their traditional vessel, merely a raft of four hand-hewed tree trunks held together by a rope.  The wind proved too strong to fish, so they joined a group of men who sat in the shade of swaying palm trees. The men joked and laughed as they wove the thin strings that make up the nets they sell.