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Introduction / History
Gamo is the name of people and their land according to "Gamo Gofa Hiziboch Tarik". The name Gamo means "Lion" and the people are heroic and strong. The people are one of the main tribes of Ethiopia. Their primary means of subsistence is mixed agriculture. Secondarily, they practice weaving. The land of Gamo has the country's second highest mountain. The people are very connected to nature and have an advanced indigenous culture.
Where are they Located?
They are located in the southwest part of the country which is part of the East African Rift Valley. The region contains two Rift Valley lakes and the Nech Sar national park, where the Gamo live.
What are Their Lives Like?
Most of the people live in the highland area and practice mixed agriculture. Weaving is important as well and they are known for this skill. The people are still poor because of subsistence agriculture and land degradation.
What are Their Beliefs?
Previously they believed in nature like mountains, rivers and the like. But now Protestantism is dominant, followed by Orthodox Christianity. Nevertheless, they continue to follow some traditional beliefs.
What are Their Needs?
There is a lack of education and road access to join the lowland Gamo region with the highland region. Most children lack sufficient food to survive.