Guraferdan Sheko: linguistic treasures of a forgotten dialect
Group represented Sheko
The Sheko live in the forested hills of South-Western Ethiopia, between Mizan Teferi, Tepi and Megent'aya. The documentation focuses on the Sheko living around the Guraferdan Mountain Plateau in the Guraferda wereda (district) of Bench Maji Zone. The Sheko are subsistence farmers, growing or harvesting from the forests various types of yam, cocoyam, maize, millet and sesame. In addition, they are renowned for apiculture, keeping large beehives that deliver quality honey in the forests and the fields that are not longer cultivated.
Traditionally, homesteads were spread out through the dense forest. Nowadays small villages are formed, and settlers from diverse areas of Ethiopia are accelerating villageisation and deforestation.
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