The Karo tribe is quite small in number compard to other ethnic groups in the region. We offer unique Omo Valley tour packages for authentic tribal experience. Unlike with the lowland pastoralists, cattle are owned in small numbers by the Kara (Karo tribe), and goats are their main livestock. Although pastoralist by tradition, the Kara (Karo) now subsist growing sorghum, maize and other crops because of the livestock losses to disease in the tsetse-infected area some years ago.
Our Omo Valley tour package will take you to meet with Karo people. the Kara (Karo) live together in three large villages (Korcho, Duss and Labuk) as they are comparatively few in number. The Kara (Karo) tribe doesn’t have their own markets so they trade with the Hamar at the markets in Dimeka and Turmi.
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The Kara (Karo) have a traditional way of fishing. A portion of wood is sharpened at one end and used to spear fish in the Omo River or Lake Karo. In the language of the Kara (Karo) people, the word Kara (Karo) means fish.
They have cultural and linguistic commonalities with the Hamar tribe and perform the cattle jumping ceremony for young Kara (Karo) boys to pass into adulthood. Their diet mostly consists dry porridge or bread produced from sorghum is consumed with either milk or boiled coffee husk called shoforo. Young Kara (Karo) tribe boys mostly eat fish; meat is not often consumed unless there are ceremonies or family events.
In common with most of Omo Valley Ethiopia ethnic groups, scarification plays an important role in Kara body decoration. The men plaster their hair in tight buns (previously recognized as a hero sign) The hairstyle favored by Kara women is tightly cropped at the side, tied into bulbous knots and dyed ochre on top. Men and women also make an incision below their bottom lip and insert a nail or piece of wood. The Kara men are best known for the elaborate body painting they indulge in before important ceremonies. They paint their faces and bodies in white chalk and pierce their ears in five places