Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré, daughter of French wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, was born in Namibia. During her childhood she befriended many wild animals, including a 28-year old elephant called Abu and a leopard nicknamed J&B. She was embraced by the Bushmen and the Himba tribespeople of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries, as well as how to speak their language.
in before tumblr screams about cultural appropiation
This doesn’t even count as cultural appropriation
This isn’t a person robbing a culture, to hell with the others
This is a child born right next to that culture
Who was embraced by the people and taught how to do some of the things they do
Which is not the same as cultural appropriation
No cultural appropriation. Just something really beautiful.
I love the picture where she’s cuddling a frog.
I love how nobody even said anything about cultural appropriation except the person who obviously has that “oh my god all of tumblr [except myself] is so fucking judgmental and awful fuck you guys for hating everything good in life” attitude.
This actually makes me so angry. The truth is right here and people see it and brush it aside. We really could make things better. But no, America apparently wants to suck forever.
Baby let’s move to Finland.
It’s only 5 million people. That’s like a rich New York suburb. Meaning it’s easier to manage as well. The scale of everything is entirely different so comparing America to Finland is an unfair and unrealistic comparison in the first place.
It’s also racially and culturally homogeneous, so I have my doubts about whether or not they’ll be accepting of interracial couples and mixed race children.
“ Reading, she tells me, is what she does best. She loves it because it uses the whole of her, the right and the left, the hemispheres of reason and imagination. She discovered as a child that a closed book is a darkness anyone can enter, not a scary darkness like a basement or a storm, but a comforting one that wrapped her up neatly inside a world she could control. ”