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Indigenous Communities from Kenya

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Turkana
Indigenous Group Turkana (Also known as: Turukana, Turkwana, Ngaturkana, Ngaturkwana, Ngiturkwana, Bume, Buma)
Location Kenya, Turkana District, Rift Valley Province, bordering Uganda and Sudan. Also in Samburu, Trans-Nzoia, Laikipia, and Isiolo Districts.
Estimated Population 340,000 (1994, Blue Gecko)
Environment Swamp / Valley / Desert/ Arid / Harsh / Plain
Lifestyle Nomadic
Subsistence Animal Husbandry / Agriculture / Fishing
Level of Assimilation Traditional
Language Family Turkana
Classification: Nilo-Saharan, Eastern Sudanic, Nilotic, Eastern, Lotuxo-Teso, Teso-Turkana, Turkana
Alternate Names: Bume, Buma
Dialects: Southern Turkana, Northern Turkana
Website URLs Ethnologue: Turkana, A Language of Kenya
The Turkana
Life Among Kenya’s Turkana Nomads
Kenyan Tribes Battle for Shrinking Resources
People: Turkana
Nomadic Turkana face a Troubled Future in Northern Kenya
Providing Nomadic People with Health Care
NGOs Merlin: Medical Relief, Lasting Health Care
Great Britain: Supporting Pastoralists’ Voices for Better Livelihoods
World Vision

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