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Afar

Danakil Depression

The Afar people live mostly in Ethiopia and the areas of Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia. Their land is mainly gravel and arid region topography. The Afar people also live in the Awash Valley and the forests located in northern Djibouti. The Afar nomads have a very exceptional culture. Their life consists of tending to livestock […]

Kwegu Tribe

Kwegu Tribe

The Kwegu are one of the smallest tribes in Omo Valley, living in small villages along the Mago River.They are hunters and live off the land.  Small game is fascinated by the tribe for food, but they also eat fruits and honey if available.  They are largely dependant on the Omo River for fish to eat.  […]

Bumi Tribe

Bumi Tribe2

The Bumi or Bume people are also known as the Nyangatom.  They live south of the Omo National Park, but occasionally move to the lower regions if food or water is scarce.  Known to be fierce fighters, they are often at war with Hamer and Karo tribes.  Different from other tribes, the Bumi tribesmen hunt crocodiles […]

Bodi or Me’en Tribe

Bodi-Tribe2

The Bodi or Me’en people live close to the Omo River in southern Ethiopia.  South of the Bodi are the Mursi tribe.  They are pastoralists (livestock farmers) and agriculturalists.  Along the banks of the river, they will grow sorghum, mais and coffee.  They live with their cattle herds and livestock plays a large role in the tribe. Men of […]

Daasanech or Dassanech Tribe

Daasanech or Dassanech Tribe

Also known as the Galeb or Geleb, this tribe lives just north of Kenya’s Lake Turkana.  Their neighboring tribe is the Turkana people.  The Daasanech are pastoralists but due to the harsh territory, they have moved south to grow crops and fish.  Cattle are used by the tribesman for meat, milk and clothing.  Often their cattle […]

Karo tribe

Karo tribe

The Karo is a small tribe with an likely population between 1,000 and 3,000.  They are closely related to the Kwegu tribe.  They live along the east banks of the Omo River in southern Ethiopia and practice flood retreat cultivation.  The crops that are grown by them are sorghum, maize and beans.  Only small cattle are […]

Konso Tribe

Konso Tribe

The Konso live in an isolated region of the basalt hills.  The area is made up of hard rocky slopes.  Konso village maybe fortified by a stone wall used as a defensive measure.  Their village is located on hilltops and is split up into communities, with each community having a main hut.  In order to […]

surma Tribe

surma Tribe

Surma people live in the southwestern plains of Ethiopia.  They raise cattle and farm when the land is fertile.  Cattle are important to surma, giving them status.  The more cattle a tribesman has, the wealthier they are. In order for a man to marry women in the surma tribe, he must own at least 60 cattle.  […]

Mursi Tribe

Mursi Tribe

The Mursi people are the most popular in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley.  They are well known for their unique lip plates.  They are settled around the Omo River and in the Mago National Park.  Due to the climate, they move twice a year between the winter and summer months.  They herd cattle and grow crops along […]

Ari Tribe

The Ari people inhabit the northern part of the Mago National Park in Ethiopia and have the largest territory of all the tribes in the area. They have fertile lands allowing them to have several types of plantations.  An Ari’s crop can consist of grains, coffee, fruits and honey.  It’s also common for them to have […]