Borana Culture: marginalized voices of indigenous culture, values and identity

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Borana women make a living by promoting of their culture to tourists:
A group of women from the Borana community in Kinna ward,Isiolo are making a living through promotion of their culture to attract tourists who visit the Meru National Park.

The Borana Tribe: Kind People of East Africa

Population: 2 million (2013)
Location: Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia
History: Believed to have immigrated from Ethiopia in the 10th century.
Culture: The Borana are Cushitic people, related to the Gabbra, Sakuye, and Rendille. They are nomadic pastoralists, herding cattle, sheep, goats, and some camels. They women on the Ethiopian side elaborately braid their hair.
Religion: Mostly Animism and Islam. Christianity is growing.

3 Responses to Borana Culture: marginalized voices of indigenous culture, values and identity

  1. Mekuria Bulcha March 1, 2017 at 2:53 am #

    Ayyaantuu,

    This story distorts Oromo history. Why do you spread distorted stories about our people? It is not enough for a story to be sympathetic to be spread like that. It has to be correct. I am not saying “politically correct” but factually correct. You are not doing service to Oromo history and society when you spread distorted stories like this one.

    In the first place the Oromo did not migrate to Ethiopia from Somalia or anywhere. I know that you are not interested in spreading false stories about the Oromo or any people. So please Check stories like this one before you spread them. If you “must” spread a story which contains distortions point them out in an editorial comment so that readers should not be misinformed.

    Mekuria Bulcha

    • utubaa March 1, 2017 at 8:17 am #

      Hi Mekuria,

      Yes, there are a lot of distorted writings around. It is the job of the intellectuals, like you, who should write to correct them. Our Borana people need references about their origin, specially at this time when they are more inquisitive to learn their background. Please address this issues. The ball is in your court!!

      • whitestar March 2, 2017 at 9:50 am #

        Well said! that was exactly my thought, the problem with professors they are sort of busy doing great academic work but fail to cater to ordinary people who are less educated. maybe Mr Bulcha should write short articles that would enlighten the young generation about their culture and history on Ayyaantuu.com. Now more than ever it is very important for people to know about their past. Personally I respect Mr Bulchas academic achievement.

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