Tsemai

tsemaiThe Tsemai, the dominant people of Weito village on the Arba Minch – Konso – Jinka or Turmi road, are amongst the least known ethnic groups of Ethiopia, estimated to total some 6000 people. Their territory extends along the western bank of Weito River, known in Tsemai as the Dulaika River. They are mixed subsistence farmers who practices flood cultivation with the major crops being sorghum and maize. They also rear livestock, especially cattle and keep beehives for honey and they speak an east Cushitic language that is closely related to the one spoken in Konso.

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