Nanny of the Maroons Jamaica c.1680 -c. 1750 Nanny of the Maroons was a Jamaican spiritual leader who fought against British slave trading in the eighteenth century. An expert strategist, Nanny implemented the use of camoflage and guerilla warfare to protect her people. In 1740 she skillfully negotiated autonomy for her people. Although her existence is heavily steeped in myth and superstition, Nanny is still regarded as a historic persona, and is the national heroine of Jamaica today.
Photographs taken over the last five years by Hans Silvester, a German photographer, document the extraordinary body painting of the Surma and Mursi peoples of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia. Semi-nomadic warriors, they live primarily by keeping large herds of cattle; their only Western accessory seems to be the Kalashnikov rifles they trade with Sudanese tribes.