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Title:Ethno-History and its Relevance for Ethiopian Studies
Author:Strecker, Ivo A.
Year:1995
Periodical:Journal of Ethiopian Studies
Volume:28
Issue:2
Period:December
Pages:39-49
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
Subjects:Boran
Hamar
history
ethnic groups
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Bibliography/Research
History, Archaeology
Ethnology
Social and cultural anthropology
Ethnohistory
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41966047
Abstract:Ethnohistory is more than simply 'the history of ethnic groups'. The concept of ethnohistory is in fact ambiguous since ethnohistory may be pursued purely along 'etic' lines or it may be given an 'emic' dimension. In the former case, it remains a sterile undertaking; in the latter, it becomes an exciting field of study. Four examples illustrate the possibilities of an ideal ethnohistorical study. Two are from Ethiopia: the 'gada' chronology and the Borana concept of history, and the power of the spoken word and the morality of speaking and listening in the Hamar conception of history. Bibliogr.
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