Capturing the genetic diversity of the Himba population
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The Himba people are a semi-nomadic, Bantu-speaking pastoralist group from the northwestern Kunene region of Namibia. Because of their limited population size, restricted geographic distribution, and endogamy, founder populations represent an ideal system for genetic analyses due to reduction of the confounding environmental and cultural variables. This study uses genotype data and demographic interview data to understand family dynamics and ancestry in a population of Himba pastoralists. This combination of data will be used to understand the impact of social processes like paternity, cousin marriage and the choice of romantic partners. Only genotype data are available through dbGaP, which is relevant to broader studies of ancestry, allele frequencies and the relationship of Himba to other ethnic groups in sub-Saharan Africa.
In particular, the Himba population provides a unique opportunity to study questions regarding extra-pair paternity because Himba culture allows both men and women, married and not, to take multiple partners. Previous estimates of extra-pair ... (Show More)