Think “Ethiopian culture” and what will likely spring to mind are the photogenic tribes of the Omo Valley, whose images are splashed across books, blogs and magazines around the world. Like so many tribes who have clung to a traditional way of life as development tornadoes around them, the Omo Valley tribes have found themselves in the eye of a storm – threatened firstly by tourism, and now by the threat of displacement
to make way for a dam . But in this landscape, where it is believed humanity originated, some 200,000 people continue to live as agriculturalists and pastoralists, split into around 12 tribes. Inter-tribal marriage is not usually permitted, which has maintained the unique cultures and languages, and this confined region is considered the most genetically and linguistically diverse place on the planet.