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The Dorze Peoples

dorzeCultural Rotues in Ethiopia Aside from the dramatic views back to the rift valley lakes near Arbaminch, chencha is of interest to travelers as the home of the Dorze people, renowned cotton weavers whose tall beehive-shaped dwellings are among the most distinctive traditionl structures to be seen anywhere in Africa. The Dorze speak an Omotic toung, similar to several languages of the Lower Omo Valley. It is, above all, the unique Dorze houses that make Chencha worth a diversion. These remarkable extended domes measure up to 6m tall (roughly the height of a two-storey building), and are constructed entirely from organic material.