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Daasanech or Geleb Tribe

Also known as the Galeb or Geleb, this tribe lives just north of Kenya's Lake Turkana.  Their neighboring tribe is the Turkana people.  The Daasanech are pastralists (cattle herders), but due to the harsh territory, they have moved south to grow crops and fish.  Cattle are used by the tribesman for meat, milk and clothing.  Often their cattle die from disease and drought.  Of all the tribes in the Omo Valley, the Daasanech are the poorest.

Because the Daasanech people come from multiple ethnic groups, both men and women must agree to be circumcised.  There are eight clans that make up the Daasanech tribe, each having its own name.  They are the Elele, Inkabelo, Inkoria, Koro, Naritch, Oro, Randal and the Ri'ele.  Each clan is defined by its territory with the Inkabelo being the wealthiest.

During a ceremony, the Dassanech men dance with large sticks and the women hold wooden batons.  A Daasanech man blesses his daughter's fertility and future marriage by celebrating the Dimi.  During the Dimi 10 to 30 cattle are slaughtered.  Both men and women wear fur capes while they feast and dance.  A Dimi ceremony will most likely take place in the dry season.

The Bumi

In habited the land south of the Omo National Park  are around 8000. They occasionally invade the southern plains when fodder or water is scarce.

the Bume are agropastoralists, growing sorghum by the Omo  River as well as  fishing  and rearing cattel .They also hunt and smook  bees  out of their hives for honey . Known as great warmongers Cattel.They are regulary doing battel with the Karo ,the Hamer and Surma the Bumi use scarification for cosmoticc purposes ,tribal identification and as indication of prowess in battle both men and women use littele pointilles or dots to highlight their eyes and cheeckbones.The women also scarifay their torsos with curvilinear and geometrical deigns.

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