We are off to Africa, Ethiopia specifically in an ongoing series of articles about the Omo Valley people, living in southern Ethiopia near the Lake Turkana basin.
As Benjamin Roussey explains in his series of GlamTribale blog posts about the Omo Valley people, Lake Turkana remains the oldest place on the globe that houses evidence of human habitation. Currently all paleoanthropology roads lead to Lake Turkana and the work of the famous Leakey family, launched by Louis and Mary Leakey and now followed by several Leakey members.
Each day of my GlamTribale journey is a trip into my own personal history and connections. I arrived at Lake Turkana on my own — with no help from my muse Dan Eldon, the young photographer who was killed in Somalia. Or so I thought.
I was about to write that my heart was pounding a couple months ago when I Googled “Dan Eldon + Leakey” and read on DanEldon.org that Dan and Louis Leakey’s granddaughter Lara were best friends. How incredible that Dan was so close to research about the beginnings of human civilization!
There are parts of my story I will leave untold for the moment, because I want to share them first with Dan’s mother Kathy, who is now a friend of mine. That reality is in itself is a pretty incredible stop on my own journey.
Being a fastidious fact checker, I just Googled again and this time I uncovered another piece of information in this interconnecting puzzle. Dan Eldon was close to the Leakey family because his mother and my friend Kathy worked with the Leakey family. Reading about Kathy Eldon on MyHero.com, my heart tightened yet again.
Marilyn Jones writes about the days after Kathy’s divorce from husband Mike Eldon: “Kathy Eldon and her daughter Amy returned to London broke and depressed.” After a period of prayer and reflection, Kathy awoke one morning, announcing “I had a dream I should start a company called Creative Visions.“