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Turkana Clans

Page history last edited by Barbara Allen 11 years, 9 months ago

Turkana Clans

Moieties

All Turkana belong to one of two groups, Ngirisai (Leopard) or Ngimor (Stone or Mountain). If a man is of the Leopard group, any sons of his will be on the Stone group.  His daughters will be of his group until they marry when they will take their husbands grouping. The group determines the kind of feathers a man will wear in his headpiece.

Ngimor (Stones) will wear black feathers from a male ostrich and dark-colored metal ornaments.

Ngirisai (Leopards) will wear white feathers from a female ostrich and light-colored metal ornaments.

 

Clans

Approximately 20 clans or ategerin.  Each clan has a distintive cattle brand for their cattle. Clans have very complicated "grazing" right to geographical areas.

Ngibelai

Ngibotok

Ngibocheros

Ngichoro

Ngigamatak

Ngijie

Ngikajik

Ngikuniye

Ngikwatela

Ngilukumong

Ngimamong

Ngimazuk

Ngimonia

Ngiseto

Ngisiger

Ngisonyoka

Ngissir

Ngiturkan

Ngiwoyakwara

Ngiyapakuno

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