Language Nanga

(ethnic and language name) is spoken in five primary villages (Anda, Namakoro, Kono, Wakara, and Soroni) in a compact zone about halfway between Douentza and Bandiagara.

  • Wakara (Wagara) village in upper and lower sections, in rocky area; farming and herding; gardening (onion, tomato, calabash); village totem is crocodile; weaving, basket-making, leatherwork; healers (polio, magical illnesses); Muslims and some animists and about 15 Christans; original site of village called [túrí], before that they migrated from àná-wàgárà village in Tengou zone (see also comments on Pergue); recent disputes peaking 2009-11 over ownership of fields with Anda and Beni villages
  • Namakoro village; on plain next to hill; original village nearby (abandoned) called nàmàkɔ̀rɔ̀-tɔ́rɔ́; farming and herding; gardening (like Anda); village totem is tree Khaya senegalensis; marriage with Anda; Muslims; originally from Tengou zone, via Pergue
  • Pergessa village; originally the first settlers at Namakoro, but moved when current Namakoro villagers arrived; farming and herding; gardening (onion, cassava); village totem is war (they are pacifists); baskets; healers (magical illnesses)
  • Boromi village; among rocks; farming and herding; no village totem; original village nearby called Kɛsɛ Teŋgriyeⁿ
  • Soroni village in hill; original village 2 km away (abandoned) called sòròpóŋgí; farming and herding; no gardening; no totems; Muslim, Christian, and animist; origin claimed from Bandiagara-Soroni
  • Irani village; plain next to hill; ; marriage relations with Soroni; came from same ancestral village as Wakara; baskets, leatherwork
  • Anda village; in rock-strewn plain near small hills; small river; farming and herding; gardening (onion, tomato, salad, mango, bananas, cassava, grapefruit, orange); village totem Senna (= Cassia) obtusifolia; weaving, leatherwork
  • Kono village; plain next to hill;Muslims and animists; farming and herding; no totem
  • Ouse village near Soroni
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