Jim Naughten's photographs of the Herero, a people who live mostly in Namibia, are striking: their colorful, throwback style immediately draws the eye. But why would a pastoral African tribe wear traditionally Western clothes? If you have some sense of African history, the answer may not come as a great surprise: in short, it has to do with a painful colonial experience. Namibia was a German colony, and a severe conflict broke out between the Germans and the Herero around 1900. Women took up foreign dresses, modifying them to appear somewhat like the cattle (an important part of Herero society). The men, though, donned German military uniforms—which were, at first, taken after killing a German solider in battle. Today, the military dress is a tribute to these struggles.