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Isis Carter
Ethiopia!
Sat Feb 11, 2017 21:13
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It had been an interesting year for Isis, both personally and professionally. A year that, looking back at it from the end, had contained a lot of personal growth on a variety of fronts. In a relevant sense, she had learned a lot about Ethiopia this year thanks to heading the booth on it for the fair. Going into it, she hadn’t known much more than the students had, she imagined, but thanks to the research and discussion to put their booth together, she had learned.

Their most valuable resource had definitely been the pen-pal system suggested by Raine Collindale. The students were put in contact with other third-year wizarding students - she wasn’t sure if it had been intentional or coincidental, but she was fairly certain all their correspondents had been the same age - while she herself had the opportunity to write to a fellow teacher in that country.

Thanks to them, the group had been able to comprise a fair amount of information about what living in Ethiopia was like and how it compared to life in the United States. However, the booth had two main focuses, as they were the things the kids had been immediately most enthused about: food and music.

Isis was definitely more into the food than the music. Prevalently, they had wat stew, made available in individual dishes and served, as tradition, over injera. Ethiopian dishes were widely available in vegan options because of a strictness to fasting periods, so it was determined to be the best course of action to provide fully vegan dishes. Still, to remain popular, there were some meat dishes available at the booth, although students had to take cautions before chowing done. Ethiopian meat dishes were notoriously spicy.

Quietly playing from the booth were samples of Ethiopian music. Despite her more immediate interest in the food, Isis rather enjoyed the musical selections as well. She was surprised by the religious nature of much of the music, as they had discovered the strong presence of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the nation.

They also had some traditional Ethiopian instruments available for demo, gifts from the school they had contacted. Isis had been certain to acquire the malakat, a ceremonial, trumpet-like instrument that Tasha DuBois had specifically mentioned. Also available were the krar and the begena, a six- and ten-stringed lyre, respectively. Isis expected the most popular - and possibly most regrettable decision - would be the kebero, a large hand drum. There were different sized kebero drums for religious and secular purposes, and they had acquired the larger, religious model to learn about as a bigger drum seemed like more fun. She had certainly had a decent time with it, herself, when no one was listening.


OOC: For more information, check out the wikipedia pages (and check sources) for Ethiopian cuisine and music

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