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Ethiopia. Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region. Omo Valley. Hayzo Village. High altitude: 2800 meters. Dorze tribe. The Dorze are a small ethnic group inhabiting the Gamo Gofa Zone who speak the Dorze language, an Omotic tongue. The Dorze are predominantly agriculturalists living in permanent villages. Well known cotton weavers, the Dorze tribe were once warriors. A toyota van with a picture of Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, is parked close to traditional Dorze huts. A Dorze hut is made up of hard wood poles, woven bamboo, enset and other natural materials. It can stand two stories tall and last up to 80 years. Haile Selassie (23 July 1892 – 27 August 1975), born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael, was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. He was a member of the Solomonic Dynasty.The Dorze numbered 40'000 reside in villages near the cities of Chencha and Arba Minch. Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (often abbreviated as SNNPR) is one of the nine ethnic divisions of Ethiopia. 5.11.15 © 2015 Didier Ruef