Some depth given to the Borana Milk Containers
- Artificial things can be characterized in terms of functions and
goals (Simon 1996, 5), and artifacts are often identified by sortal
descriptions which refer to their intended function.
Nomads and pastoralists have taken the elements from their
environment and by combining these natural elements have created the
tools they require to function and survive.
They display these elements in such a way in their creation so when
they view and touch a tool, their hopes dreams, beliefs, and worship
reflect, all they mean towards one another as a family and as a
There are those who with experience can best state the essence of a
Tribe or People in Africa and to understand their past one must take
a look at their future. The writing of such eloquent minds that you
read below help open up our eyes so when we then view and touch an
object of use, we can appreciate!
"POISED TO FACE GEAT CHANGES"
"Although once inward looking, the Boran and their political leaders
have now come to realize that the outside world is encroaching on
their way of life. They have seen key spiritual sites lost to
farmers and refugees who had fled from the former regime relocated
onto their lands after its overthrow in 1991.
Anthropologist Dr. Marco Bassi says it is the loss of two key dry-
session grazing lands to farmers that is now posing the greatest
threat to the pastoralists. " These were areas where they moved the
cattle when there is less rain. How that this is lost completely
taken by agriculture-the system has basically collapsed.
The natural resource management system is at the edge of total
collapse,"he warned. He says this is the why the Gaddaa-essentially
their government system-is turning outwards in an effort to and
resolve the problem created the growing influx of agriculturists
that is affecting their lives. They realize if they don't do it now,
then they are: The Borana livelihood system is finished," added
Bassi, who has spent the last 20 years studying the Borana, and
three years living amongst them."
Just to make myself clear I am not political nor do I wish to
discuss politics but I am truly interested in the Borana / Oromo and
their culture. To live as they must and have for centuries is so
representative with the tools and their thoughts and emotions that
are within them.
I am not a big time store nor a collector of extreme African
Artifacts but I do appreciate when ever I come across an object of
use where the skill is unique to my western eyes. I do believe that
others would appreciate the same. I like learning about your world
of joys for through the Chi-Cho Africa has been introduced to me.