3 months ago
Despite the daily oppressive heat where temperatures can reach 120 degrees, despite the daily on-slaught of ‘dust devils’ that quickly send you running for cover, despite extended droughts, the Erbore people, a remote tribe of more than 1,000 strong, somehow, someway, continues to survive, in SE Ethiopia; a full two days walk to the nearby sleepy town of Weyto.
The first thing you will notice about every individual of the Erbore tribe is the intensity of their eyes, eyes that look directly at you if not through you, a gaze that, despite feeling you’ve been laid bare, you feel a quiet confidence that allows you to freely exchange any fear for complete trust as you are quickly led by the grasp of a hand intent on introducing you to every member of the tribe.
And if not just as quick, you also notice their love of colorful necklaces; they seem to embrace the wearing of these colorful necklaces with a kind of “the more the merrier” approach, a practice shared by the children as well.
Piercings, tatoo’s, or scarifications, where where the skin is cut, burned or scraped, in the name of making yourself more desirable are common place in so many African tribes, but it seems with the Erbore people, their attempt at beautification begins and ends with adorning themselves with colorful necklaces, and of course metal bracelets, rings and ear rings too.
Next years January 2020, Ethiopia workshop will include two nights of camping with the Erbore tribe! I can’t wait and if you are at all interested in joining me in this truly amazing part of the world DM for more information about my January, 2020, 10-Day Ethiopian workshop!
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