Overview The Hadzabe, a hunter-gatherer tribe, live close to the shores of Lake Eyasi, as do the Nilotic-speaking Datoga tribe who are pastoralists….
The Hadzabe, a hunter-gatherer tribe, live close to the shores of Lake Eyasi, as do the Nilotic-speaking Datoga tribe who are pastoralists. Visits to these tribes are possible on half day or full day excursions which would include a visit to their homesteads, learning about their way of life, medicinal plants, and even animal tracking with bows and arrows with the Hadzabe hunters.
The Hadzabe – what you can learn from the Hadzabe
- Different kinds of materials being used to make arrows – arrow sticks, the preparation of poison and the point of poison in the arrow
- Processing poison from the poison tree
- Fruit, root tubers and honey collection
- Shallow wells prepared by women for water collection from the ground for home use
- Traditional dancing
- How to make fire the traditional way, in the ancient hand-drill method using palms of the hands and two pieces of sticks / wood
- Training and exercise in arrow shooting and targeting
- Preparation of huts for the women (being made of branches of trees)
The Datoga – what you can learn from the Datoga
- General life style of the Datoga
- How mud & cow dung huts are being prepared by women
- Preparation of the boma ( the cattle fence)
- Learning the way men and women dress
- Learning the art of women like jewellery making – e.g. necklaces, bracelets, beads, skin skirts etc
- Learn about black smiths, weapons & weapon making
- Cow milking and preparation of local butter
- Learn the history of polygamy in the Datoga tribe
- Flour making by women using grinding stones
- Preparation of “gissuda” – a local beer – for ceremonies, weddings, prayers to gods & ancestors. The type of honey used is absolutely natural and women are not allowed to drink this local beer made out of honey & some natural tubers.