Abune Gebre Menfes Qidus, an Ethiopian Saint, riding a red chicken
This painting highlights the religious aspect of human-chicken interactions in Ethiopia.
As part of a fact finding and data collection mission for the Going Places project, a four member team visited Ethiopia in February 2017. The team consisted of Alison Foster, tasked with analyzing bone shapes of indigenous chickens to ascertain regional differences; Ophelie Lebrasseur, who focused on genetics; Holly Miller, interested in analyzing ecomorphs and their relationship to diet; and Heidi Cutts who worked closely with the National Museum of Ethiopia and its educators on outreach programs and on curating materials for display related to women and chickens. (photo credit: •Melanie Rekha Ramasawmy, University of Roehampton)