The ethnic diversity you get in the southern part of Ethiopia is great. The Hamer, with their attribute high cheekbones, elaborate costumes of beads, cowries and leather, and thick copper necklaces, are among the most readily identifiable of the South Omo peoples in Ethiopia.
The major towns of the Hamet are Turmi and Dimeka, both of which host compelling and colorful weekly markets – on Monday and Saturday respectively – and will reward anybody who settles into them for a few days.
Konso people are located in the arid highlands of southwestern Ethiopia. Their sharply delimited traditional territory is bounded by lands of Oromo peoples, to whom the Konso are culturally and linguistically related. Konso people are Cushitic people.
Konso people are farmers, living in fortified villages bounded by their farming land. They developed a defensive style of building, with villages on hilltops, protected by fortifications around them.
Konso people Gesergios village commonly known as New York village due to its natural landscape with mountain structure that seems precisely a big city with modern buildings.
One of the typical features of Dorze people is their unique weavings. These people live stretching from the Omo River banks to the highlands over Lake Abaya.
They were once much feared warriors but now the Dorze men folk have settled down to farming or weavings. Dorze huts are beehive fashioned made from bamboo, but they are usually much taller in size than others of this style.
When their houses begin to decay or are attacked by termites the Dorze just dig them up and after sewing bamboo struts around the base to protect the shape, mobilize all the neighbors to carry the structures to their sites. Each house is said to last for 40 years after which it is neglected and a new one is built.
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Despite its small size, Turmi is a vital transport hub, lying at the pivot of the three main roads that run southwards from the Konso-Jinka road.
Best known for its Monday market, perhaps the most important in Hame country, Turmi is a markedly traditional small town, and well worth a couple of days whether or not they happen to coincide with the market.
Some small traditional Hamer villages lie within a 2km radius of Turmi town; any local kid will take you to one of them for a small fee.
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