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 Ethiopian Cultural Attractions

The Arbore tribe is a small tribe that lives in the southwest region of the Omo Valley. They have ancestral and cultural links to the Konso people and perform many ritual dances while singing. The Tsemay people are their neighboring tribe. Arbore people are pastoralists (livestock farmers). They believe that their singing and dancing eliminates negative energy and with the negative energy gone, the tribe will prosper.

The women of the tribe cover their heads with a black cloth and are known to wear very colorful necklaces and earrings. Young children will wear a shell type hat that protects their heads from the sun. Body painting is done by the Arbore using natural colors made from soild and stone. Traditional dancing is practiced by the tribe and wealth is measured by the number of cattle a tribesman owns.

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The Ari inhabit the northern border of the Mago National Park. They have a population of about 120,000.They keep large number of livestock and produce large amounts of honey, often used for trade. The women wear unique skirts made of special kind of plant which does not wear easily. Now a days the Ari women are not seen wearing them except in special occasions.
The Ari land is exceptionally green and scenic. They grow wide range of crops like wheat,barley,maize,coffee,cardamon and some more root plants.

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 colors. 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."

The women who decorate their houses, all have their own personal style of painting; they paint not only different patterns and motifs, but they also use different materials and colors. The motifs and patterns will be explained with each individual painting. For painting, the women use their fingers, hen feathers and sticks of yams plants. The colours found on houses are made out of ground charcoal, battery acid,ash,light soil,red soil,cow dung and water.

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