Kutu in Tanzania

Joshua Project has identified the Kutu only in Tanzania





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kutu live south of Morogoro in the Mbeta River Buffer Zone on foothills of the Uluguru mountains. Rice, maize (corn) and sorghum are the main crops of this area. Coconut and banana trees are a cash crop. Cotton was a main crop until 1989. Now sesame seed has been introduced to this area.

The roads in this area are scheduled for a major upgrade and this should facilitate the flow of market goods and tourists coming to the north entrance of the Selous Game Reserve at Kisaki. Dakawa is one major Kutu community. There are a few primary schools in the area. A grammar in German is mentioned for this language as well as a German development group in this general area. Communities of the area seem to be multilingual. Some hypothesize that the availability of Scriptures in this language would help to solidify the culture.

Brad Harvey and Pioneer Bible Translators (PBT) are interested in working with this language cluster. The Village Assembly and Village Council will be two key groups to work with in an effective outreach to this group. It seems the Kutu trace their ancestry matrilineally through the sister's line. Women could play a key role in reaching this group and leading in literacy and community development projects.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Kutu
People Name in Country Kutu
Population in Tanzania 99,000
World Population 99,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ziraha
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, East-Coastal
People Name General Kutu
Ethnic Code NAB57j
People ID 12891
Country Tanzania
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Morogoro region, Morogoro Rural and Kilosa districts.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kutu (99,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kutu 99,000
For Primary Language: Kutu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2009-2012)
New Testament Yes   (2015)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Bible: The New Testament in Kutu Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Kutu Film / Video
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
0.00 %
77.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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