Another Land Honeyguide

April 2009

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Rainmaker Tributes
Rainmaker Ear Weight
Rainmaker Scarf
The "Bootifl" Shawl
The Story of the Honeyguide
Our periodic email newsletter is named after the Greater Honey Guide, a bird that has developed the remarkable habit of leading tribespeople to wild bees' nests, with the promise of honeycomb and grubs once the humans have opened the nest and taken the honey.

The complementary relationship shared by bird and human represents the newsletter's goal - to periodically lead readers to new and timely bits of information about East African wildlife, culture, and travel.
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Spring is here! Let it Rain!

Rainmaker Bracelet 

With the arrival of those April showers come promises of warmer days, budding trees and bursts of color in the garden.
Spring also happens to mark the traditional rainmaking season in Barabaig lands.  Coincidence?  
Either way, we felt a celebration was in order.  In honor of Spring and the rainmaking season we are offering our ever popular Rainmaker Bracelet for $15.00.
But hurry! Just like the window for making rain is small, this special pricing will only last until Monday, April 4.

Happy Spring,
Another Land and The Amias Project
The Story of Africa: Live it, Watch it, and Wear it. 

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The Rainmakers
 Gidafarada - a Barabaig Rainmaker
If cattle are the nucleus to the Barabaig, rain is their lifeblood. Secrecy, reverence and fear enshroud the work of the Barabaig rainmakers, who must be descendants of rainmaking clans.
Villagers come to the rainmakers compound and will not leave until he has made it rain. They sing, pray and dance for rain as the rainmaker prepares himself in his private room. Only he can enter, and only he can touch the fur covered vessel locked in a metal footlocker. Each rainmaker favors different methods for requesting rain and his vessel carries his pure request.  A rainmaker must be pure in spirit to be a conduit for the prayer. A strong rainmaker will not only bring the wind and rain, but also the voices of the spirits.
Pictured:  Gidamuydaghat, one of our favorite rainmakers. One of his wives once asked Nichole to marry him.  Although Nichole respectfully declined, she has been an honorary member of the family ever since.