Dorze Village at Southern Ethiopia

Posted: March 31, 2015 in Ethiopia - the Secret of Africa

Well known cotton weavers, the Dorze tribe were once warriors. They are famous for their cotton woven cloths and beehive huts. The Dorze people live in large communities north of Addis Ababa. They cultivate their own food and prevent erosion by terracing along the mountainside. In their farmlands, the Dorze will grow highland cereals. They also grow spices, vegetables, fruits and tobacco within their compound.

Dorze hutsWomen of the Dorze tribe have most of the responsibility in the family. They must take care of any children and all of the house choirs. The women are also responsible for cooking, spinning cotton and collecting firewood. Male tribal members spend most of their time on the farm or building huts. Sometimes you will find them weaving material to use for different things. The Dorze people wear colourful toga robes called shammas. They are very popular throughout Ethiopia.

A Dorze hut is made up of hard wood poles, woven bamboo, enset and other natural materials. It can stand two stories tall and last up to 80 years. Inside the main hut, you will find a fire place, a seating area and bedrooms. Smaller huts can include guest houses, a workshop, a kitchen and even cattle shed. When termites attack the hut, the Dorze can just remove it from its foundation and relocate it. This allows the home to last much longer, but every move shortens the height of the hut.

Dorze Village night

Excursions to Dorze villages. These excursions include cultural education focused around history, way of living, societal structure, agriculture, food preparation and preservation, beliefs, stories, rites, religion etc. The excursions include visits to the properties and opportunities to purchase souvenirs.

The main Ritual, one of the biggest ceremonies in the country is called MESKEL (the finding of the True Cross on Sept. 26 & 27). It takes place in the Dorze Market every year where by many people gather to celebrate it colorfully. It takes place every year on September 26 & 27.

Trekking with a local guide to different village within Dorze community. These trekking tours can take 1- 4 hours. The trekking takes longer distance to multiple villages to share different experience. Depending on the choice of our gusts camping can be arranged to pass overnight in the villages with communities. Trekking routes can be arranged individually or as a group depending on the choice of our gusts.

Exploring the area can also be executed by means of horse riding with local Dorze guides.

Traditional shows and workshops can be organized, these include:-

  • Traditional music and dance shows and workshops in the villages.
  • Visit to local Church masses
  • Visit to local entrepreneurs e.g. pottery bakery, bread bakery, farmers
  1. Ethiopia has a fantastic culture, I like it really, but i know that many African countries reserve a great deal of its culture, important thing here to bear in mind is how these countries promote this amusing areas to attain more money for the revenue of concerned countries, eventually create great income for the benefit of civil societies..


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