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Title:Oral Tradition and Chronicles on Guragé Immigration
Author:LeBel, Phillip
Periodical:Journal of Ethiopian Studies
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Education and Oral Traditions
Urbanization and Migration
Abstract:In the region of Ethiopia known loosely as Guragéland, the complexity of population movements over time has made historical identification a difficult task. Frequent migrations, caused by warfare, famine and other factors have often resulted in the identification of this area with only one group of inhabitants. The present article is devote to a clarification of some of the issues involved in identification, by relating historical chronicals, commentaries and other written data to locally gathered information from inhabitants of the area. Various groups have controlled the area in the past and, over time, each immigrant group modified the existing social fabric in varying degrees to produce the 'Guragé'. The diversity of these forces operating within Guragéland contrasts strongly with the once firmly held static images associated with its inhabitants. Fig., notes.