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Eritrean Oral Poetry – A portrayal of history

Solomon Tsehaye is Eritrea’s pre-eminent oral historian, language and cultural scholar. Working in transnational collaboration with him and his colleagues, I am helping to develop funding, institutional resources, appropriate expertise and digital infrastructures to advance the story collection from Tigrinya-speaking elders who are the depositories of the history and culture. The long-term goal is to create a public Indigenous archive of more than 600 hours of recordings, available in Tigrinya and English.

To find out more about the project, see this interview with Solomon Tsehaye, conducted by Issayas Tesfamariam in 2013: Issayas’ Blog

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