For anyone who has visited the Ethiopian National Museum in the last six years and been disappointed to learn that the Lucy skeleton was not there – maybe it’s time to plan another trip, because Lucy is going home.
Her somewhat controversial tour of the US ends in April this year and the skeleton will be returning to Addis Ababa shortly thereafter. You can read more about the tour and its final stop in this article.
The dates have been announced for E Camp 2013 – it will be held Saturday August 30 to Monday September 2 at beautiful Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island. You can find out more details & see some beautiful pictures of last year’s camp on the Ethiopian Canadian Families Association’s new website. This is a fabulous camp, and well worth the trip for out-of-towners!
Check out this great look back at Ethiopian arts & culture in 2012! This annual list is a great place to discover some new musical talent or great books to check out. Even if you’re up to date on Ethiopian arts & culture, I bet you will find something new – for example, who knew about this one? “The hip-hop space opera takes place in the year 2089 featuring three renegades from another world who hijack a spacecraft and ride it to Earth, and eventually land in Ethiopia.” Not me, that’s for sure… but now I’m listening to it, fascinated.
This is probably the loveliest book I have ever seen about Ethiopia. I bought mine in Addis and it has been impossible to find in North America – but now Abshiro Kids is offering it for sale. Yes, it’s expensive (although I paid not much less than that in Addis five years ago) but it is so worth it. It’s a gorgeous book with incredibly detailed information about the culture and history of the whole country.
I was going to write a long post extolling the wonders of E Camp, but while reading blogs tonight I discovered that someone had beat me to it – and did a better job than I would have! Check out this post for a great description of why this camp is a fabulous experience for our kids – and for us.
Thinking about learning some Amharic before travelling to Ethiopia? See below for details on a tutor available in Winnipeg (or elsewhere by Skype!)
My name is Elyas and I am a thirty year old Ethiopian male currently in Winnipeg working on my PhD at the University of Manitoba. I am looking to make some money this summer by providing Amharic lessons to any interested adopting parent who wants to learn more about the uniquely beautiful heritage of their adopted child. I am also willing to give classes over Skype if the interested party is not in Winnipeg. I can be reached on my cell at 204 979 7896. I am a professional who has taught Amharic for two years at the university of Georgia in the US while working on my Master’s degree there. In closing, I would also like to add that I am fluent in French and can cater to Francophone Canadians with pleasure, as well, if need be.
Check out this amazing labour of love - a huge photo collection, with each photo GPS tagged to the specific location it was taken. It’s a wonderful look at life in the SNNPR, with a focus on the Kembata-Tembaro Zone.