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Living with the Dassanech - a rain clan gathering
The climate in this part of southern Ethiopia is hot and dry, with daytime temperatures in excess of 35°C. The Dassanech depend on the rains to grow what crops they can and to provide vegetation to graze their cattle. The rain clan sing and dance in the hope of rain but occasional severe floods cause damage and loss of life. This clip was first published as part of the BBC Tribe website: bbc.co.uk/tribe/index.shtml. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
Useful in the context of a unit on cultural understanding and diversity or a study of people and their environment. Ask your learners to find some climate data for this area of southern Ethiopia and compare it with data for their home region.
More information on the Dassanech can be found on the Tribe website: bbc.co.uk/tribe/tribes/dassanech/index.shtml.
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