Department of Anthropology

Jifor, SNNPR, Ethiopia

The Chabu are forest foragers-horticulturalists located in the highland forest areas of three administrative states of southwestern Ethiopia (Oromo, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region [SNNPR], and Gambela) with an approximate population of >2500 people. Genetic and linguistic work suggests that the Chabu are genetically distinct from their nearest neighbors and are linguistic isolates. The Chabu are not officially recognized as a distinct ethnic group at the national governmental level. However, the Chabu say three factors differentiate them from those around them, including their cultivating Majang neighbors: music, language, and their acknowledgment as the first inhabitants of the area.

-- From Hewlett BL, (2016) Innovation, processes of social learning and modes of cultural transmission amongst the Chabu adolescent forager-farmers of Ethiopia.

See also:

Dira S. (2016) Cultural Resilience Among Sidama agropastoralists and Chabu forager-farmers. Dissertation. Washington State University.

Research projects

Chabu village of Ethiopia.
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