Culture Yakunte 

Last of the Yaaku Community (tribe) of Kenya endangered

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Former hunter-gatherers and beekeepers, the Yaaku people were assimilated by their neighbours Maasai people who practiced pastoralist culture. The Yaaku people, of Kenya’s Rift Valley, number only around 4,000. And only seven people, who 70 years of age can speak the ethnic group’s native language Yakunte, fluently. The seven people in the Kenya who speak Yakunte language are now they are trying to save it. The Yaaku are believed to have migrated from Ethiopia to Kenya, where they settled in the Mukogodo forest, west of Mount Kenya, more than 100…

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Borana Culture 

Borana Proverbs with English Translation Part 2

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11. Woo injed’ini, woo jed warabesi English : Do not say woo, say woo, the hyena taught people the correct way to howl. 12. Hiyes Aad’ daltet jiba. English : A poor man is detested by his own mother. 13. Afuran garacha tap’ata uftolcha. English : One greedy for food makes himself playful. 14. Fardi arre kees ollu, dufu barata. English : A horse that grazes, in the same field with donkey, learns how to fart. 15. Ka duan egan jarsa kaduu dargagesa, jet sidamti English : Those who are…

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Borana Culture 

Borana Proverbs with English Translation Part 1

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1. Obsan qaloman English: Patience leads to an honorable position. 2. Chubbun tok daqabi, tok ordofi. English: You can be punished as you do sin on the spot. But for others it can come later. Meaning: As for the punishment of sin, some are immediate; and others come later. 3. Waan garan qabu arrabi namhata. English: What was withheld as secret thought will come out through a slip of tongue. 4. Ilti allatin nyatu wahi ingartu ; gurri allatin nyatu wahi ind’agau. English: An eye that the vultures peck at,…

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