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Tourism in South Omo (Jinka 2005) | Print |

A workshop at the South Omo Research Center in Jinka, Decmeber 15th - 19th 2005. Sponsored by the Goethe-Institute Addis Ababa. Organisation: Shauna LaTosky, Jean Lydall and Ivo Strecker; logistics: Jörg Weinerth.

The recent workshop at SORC on tourism brought together 70 participants from 11 ethnic groups throughout South Omo and 6 participants from Addis. The aim was to achieve a grass-roots appraisal of the present state of tourism and to discuss its future prospects in South Omo.
More information in:Newsletter Vol. 1, Issue 2, February 1, 2006

 
Bartsi- Wall-Paintings from Ari (Jinka 2005) | Print |

Documentation of Two Experimental Painting Workshops on March 26th and April 26th 2005 at the South Omo Research Center
Organized and conducted by Sophia Thubauville
Translations by Hanna Getachew and Sophia Thubauville

Introduction


Walking through the green mountains of Ari in southern Ethiopia one would recognize that some of the attractive grass-roofed houses of the Ari people are decorated with beautiful wall-paintings in natural colours. In Ari, painting is done by women. Women plaster the walls of their houses with mud and renew the walls and floors of their houses regularly. The word for wall-paintings in Ari is bartsi what means "giving beauty" and the paintings are done by women who are skilled. As Sambetti Galshi expressed it "men just farm the whole day, that's why they don't know how to paint."

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Peace through Intermarriage (Jinka 2004) | Print |

Interethnic Marriages in Baneta, a Maale Village on the Border to Ari and Banna

A Workshop at the South Omo Research Center in Jinka, November 29th - December 1st 2004
Organized and conducted by Sophia Thubauville and Hanna Getachew Texts and Translations: Hanna Getachew and Sophia Thubauville

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Music and dancing at Butto's compound. Butto's family like many families in Baneta is partly Maale and partly Ari.
At the end of November 2004 five people from Baneta, a small Maale village on the border to Ari and Banna (see map on the next page), were invited by Hanna Getachew (curator of the South Omo Museum) and me to the South Omo Research Center in Jinka to talk for three days about intermarriage between their ethnic groups. All participants either moved from other ethnic groups to Maale at their day of marriage or were men born in Maale who married women from outside.

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