Everyday culture  

 

Photo 7: Daadi the youngest

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Photo 8: field research

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Photo 9: modern defense
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The Arbore live in the Great Rift Valley, in the region where, in all probability, the first humans separated from the apes. The well-known skeletal remains of the Australopithecus afarensis Lucy can be viewed today in Addis Ababa Museum. It was found in 1974 at the Afar dip - just less than 900 kilometres northeast of the current Arbore area.

The Arbore trace their ancestry back to some of their neighbours such as the Borana or the Marle, as is codified in the Arbore myths. The Arbore culture is ancient but not static. Particularly now, the Arbore are in a phase of change. The Ethiopian Federal State Formation is anything but stable. Today the Arbore stand at the crossroads - between assimilation on the one hand and the protection or loss of their culture on the other. They look at modernity with longing, especially the men.

In describing the Arbore culture, it becomes clear what sets this ethnic group apart as different from others. Their sense of identity has enabled them to survive for centuries. The basis for this is their ability to adapt to extreme conditions. It is their establishment as sorghum specialists, their adaptation to rainy and dry seasons, their management of water, their image of friend and foe, their social structure and concept of morality and their clear separation from other groups by symbols such as blood, dominance of right and left and Genital Cutting.