The Himba are a semi-nomadic tribe of pastoralists who live on the harsh sun-baked plains of northern Namibia. The women are striking, covering their hair and bodies in red ochre. It is a polygamous tribe where men can have up to five wives and marriages are arranged for girls when they are young as 12.
Living with them for the next month is 36-year-old Yvonne Power, a single working mother of three. Like so many women, she is ground down by the daily routine of nine-to-five and coping with the demands of a family. But as she struggles with the Himba's deep gender divides and arranged marriages, she begins to make discoveries about herself -- especially when drought threatens to devastate the village.
About TRIBAL WIVES
In Tribal Wives, six women get to grips with new lifestyles, families, and communities in some of the world’s most remote tribes to find out whether 'West is best.'
The women are expected to spend up to a month living with their new families, fully immersing themselves into their new culture. Each woman must work, eat and sleep exactly as the other tribal women in order to experience what it is really like to live as a member of their community.
In turn, the series reflects on the tribe's perception of Western culture and garners their views on their visitors: members of the tribe are interviewed each week to assess how well each woman is integrating into the community, how useful she is, and the strength of the individual relationships she forges. It is a very personal journey as each of the women battle to overcome their own personal demons -- from a former alcoholic to a woman struggling to balance work and life.
Crossing continents to some of the most remote places in the world -- from jungle to desert -- viewers follow the progress of each tribal wife to see if she is accepted by the community. Will she rise to the challenges thrown at her -- or will she simply miss her Western lifestyle too much?