Introduction / History
The Mesqan people live in the highlands, at the base of the mountains and in the surrounding city of Buttajira, Ethiopia. The Mesquan, who speak a language related to other Gurage languages, do not consider themselves to be Gurage. They share a border to the south with the Silt'e people, a large Muslim group.
Like most groups in the Gurage region of Ethiopia, the Mesqan are traders and the men travel a great deal. The women travel much less and have little opportunity to learn neighboring language, other than Silt'e. The Mesqan are devout Muslims and have little interest in seeing their language developed.
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