Pilot Project for Koegu, a highly endangered language of the Lower Omo Valley, South Western Ethiopia
Koegu, also known as Kwegu, is spoken by an estimated 200 people in south-western Ethiopia, especially near the Omo river west bank and the village of Kuchur. It has been influenced heavily by the Kara language (an Omotic language spoken nearby) and is therefore not only under threat from negative attitudes, but also outside influences.
This collection will contain a census-survey of the last surviving speakers of Koegu who live amongst the Kara, Bume, Mursi and Bodi communities, with basic ethnographic information. There will be recordings of people, events and ceremonies. Since the Koegu are amongst the last surviving hunter-gatherers in the region, this documentation will contribute to the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Koegu.
Group represented Kwegu people of south-western Ethiopia.
Language information Koegu is a highly endangered language spoken in the rift valley of south-western Ethiopia. It is seen as lower class by surrounding communities.