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Dorze People

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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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