Crop growing, livestock keeping, hunting and gathering are the main economic activities of the Mbulu district natives who are the Iraqw
, the Datoga (who are also called the Barbaig or Mang'ati) and Hadzabe who are also called the Tindiga.
I was in Tanzania's Great Rift Valley to see the Iraqw
people, (pronounced Iraky) a shy and retiring people, who claim descent from those of modern day Iraq, migrating to Africa centuries ago, but having little in common with that home country today.
Space, Time and Culture among the Iraqw
Their topics include seclusion practices among the Iraqw
of northern Tanzania, extramarital pregnancy and social rupture in Burkina Faso, contested practices in the history of religion and society in central Chad, the cyclical exchange of violence in Congolese kinship relations, and the literary threads of domestic violence in Mali.
(12) These dynamics are visible in the Mbulu area considered the Iraqw
homeland (as we are beginning to analyse in Boone 2011b).
Of the 120 different ethnic groups in Tanzania, FGM had always been widely practised by 12 ethnic groups living in seven of Tanzania's 24 regions: the Gogo, the Rangi and the Sandawi of Dodoma, the Nyaturu of Singida, the (hagga of Kilimanjaro, the Waarusha of Arusha, the Luguru of Morogoro, the Maasai, the Iraqw
, the Barbaig and the Hazabe of Manyara, and the Kurya of Mara region.
When hypothesis becomes myth: The Iraqi origin of the Iraqw
. Ethnology, 37(1), 17-38.
of Tanzania; negotiating rural development.
The tree has multiple names in Kenyan local languages: It is called Sandali in Swahili; Muthithi in Kikuyu, Ol asasiau in Maasai, and (in Tanzania) Kitandare in Chagga and Kipaat in Iraqw
Other groups of ancient peoples that live in the Serengeti area are: * The Hadzabe, who move from place to place looking for food and water; * The Iraqw
and the Suikuma peoples, both traditionally farming cultures; and * The Kuria tribe, who are known for their special ear decorations.
We then exemplify our claim by a comparative analysis in some detail of incorporation-like phenomena in two unrelated languages: object-verb constructions in Iraqw
, a Cushitic language spoken in Tanzania, and so-called "separable noun-verb compounds" in Modern Standard Dutch.
Further into the countryside, we reached the Mbulu District, heartland of the Iraqw
people in the Mamaisara hills.