Dorze people

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Typical huts of a Dorze village

The Dorze are a small ethnic group in Ethiopia who speak a language in the Omotic family. Numbering approximately 28,000, they live primarily in the southern region of the country, though some have migrated to Addis Ababa and other regions. Many Dorze live in villages near the cities of Chencha and Arba Minch, which are located in the Gamo Gofa Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (formerly in the Gamu-Gofa province). Weaving is a primary profession for many Dorze.

Their polyphonic multi-part vocal music features a sophisticated use of hocket, showing some similarities with the music of the central African pygmies.

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