Metu Culture


The Metu people are known to be the lovers of beauty and are used to smearing their bodies with a type of red earth locally known as era. The soil is mixed with sim-sim oil, castor oil or shear butter. The babies and the mothers were completely smeared in order to make them a glistering tomato color. The era was used in a range of ways including body adornment in preparation for dances and other ceremonies. The era used to be smeared on the head. It was also used for dressing the wounds, ulcers and general hygiene. The Era along with Castor Oil as the base, it was used to cure scabies. It was also used to polish women head girdles while preparing for the significant social events.

Kore was most significant dance among the Metu. In this dance, the men would appear in a wide circle and dance in a rhythmic tramp with two (2) black wood pieces. The circle center was left to be utilized by principle dancers. The Men were usually principle dancers and normally a single girl chosen for her beauty. The chosen girl would then dance solo while swinging her arms in front and at the back. The girl could then choose which part of the circle she danced with her face obviated. Upon reaching that part, she would dance for a little time ant then get back the center followed by four (4) or five (5) young men. The boys would dance around her for a couple of minutes after which they will return to their former positions so as to allow others to dance with her too.

Regarding the homesteads, the Metu lived in impressive huts that had great basket work and walls in circular form. The roof of their huts was crafted in such a way that it can be lifted off and thus used to build another house if thought necessary to establish another house. The cane huts work was resistant to termites and if it wasn’t plastered, it could provide the ventilation of the hut. The Metu were the only ones with this art of hut construction and was not known to the neighboring communities. The Skilled Metu used to export their skill to build the huts for the Laropi in return for the five (5) goats or a bull not forgetting that they would consume as much beer abs they thought they could.

Regarding the economy, the Metu were traders and would not carry out cultivation because the amount gathered from commerce could satisfy their subsistence needs. The trade was natural to them and it where they derived their livelihood. Apart from their Iron works, the Metu land had all Iron ore deposits in the Madi community.