Classic Ethiopia Tours

People & Ethnic Group

Ethiopia's population is highly diverse. Most of its people speak a Semitic or Cushitic language. The Oromo, Amhara, and Tigreans make up more than three-fourths of the population, but there are more than 80 different ethnic groups within Ethiopia. Some of these have as few as 10,000 members. English is the most widely spoken foreign language and is taught in all secondary schools. Amharic was the language of primary school instruction but has been replaced in many areas by local languages such as Oromifa and Tigrinya.




Hamer People

The hamers are subsistence agro- pastoralists. They cultivate sorghum, vegetables, millet, tobacco and cotton, as well as rearing cattle and goats.

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The Mursi People

{jcomments off}Perhaps the best known of the OMO peoples are the MURSIS. The MURSIS are mainly pastoralists who move according to the seasons between the lower TAMA steppe and the

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Surma People

Formerly nomadic pastoralists, the SURMA now largely depend up on the subsistence cultivation of sorghum and maize. The SURMA have a fearsome reputation as warriors,

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Dorze People

Dorze People are famed for their weaving of cotton cloth and their bee-hived bamboo houses. The house lasts for about forty years.

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Hamer People

The hamers are subsistence agro- pastoralists. They cultivate sorghum, vegetables, millet, tobacco and cotton, as well as rearing cattle and goats. Read more

Saturday, 29 May 2010

The Mursi People

{jcomments off}Perhaps the best known of the OMO peoples are the MURSIS. The MURSIS are mainly pastoralists who move according to the seasons between ... Read more

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Surma People

Formerly nomadic pastoralists, the SURMA now largely depend up on the subsistence cultivation of sorghum and maize. The SURMA have a fearsome reputati... Read more

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Dorze People

Dorze People are famed for their weaving of cotton cloth and their bee-hived bamboo houses. The house lasts for about forty years. Read more

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Konso People

{jcomments off}Konso people have practiced terracing and intensive agriculture in their steep land for centuries. They trade with neighboring Borena f... Read more

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Borena People

The Borena people are pastoralists whose lives revolve exclusively around the million or so head of cattles. Theyn work all day and every day in the l... Read more

Saturday, 29 May 2010