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Title:Socio-Economic Role and Status of Handi-Craftsmen Among the Kambaata of Southern Ethiopia
Author:Abbute, Wolde-Selassie
Year:2001
Periodical:Aethiopica: International Journal of Ethiopian Studies
Volume:4
Pages:96-120
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:social inequality
Kambata
artisans
Labor and Employment
Development and Technology
Architecture and the Arts
Economics and Trade
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Although traditional handicraftsmen play an indispensable economic and sociocultural role, they have been marginalized and segregated by the peasant population of Ethiopia. The handicraftsmen produce a wide range of production, household consumption and defence tools. Besides, they have an important sociocultural role as ritual performers, initiators, drummers, musicians, entertainers, professional mourners, and traditional medical experts during several social life events. However, despite their important role in multiple contexts, they are despised and discriminated by the peasant population. They are kept away from the rest of society, are considered unclean, and restricted in many ways. This study examines the ambiguous and ambivalent position of handicraftsmen, as well as the mutual interdependence of farmers and handicraftsmen, by investigating the particular case of potters/tanners ('fuga') and smiths ('tumaano') among the Kambaata of southern Ethiopia. Bibliogr., notes, sum.
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