Jola-Kwatay in Senegal

Joshua Project has identified the Jola-Kwatay only in Senegal





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Introduction / History

The Kwatay are an agricultural people living in southwest Senegal, along the coast south of the Casamance River, extending to Guinea-Bissau. They cultivate rice as their main staple food. The Kwatay live in cement or mud brick houses with thatched or aluminum roofs. Extended families live together in neighborhoods.

Little is known about the origin of the Kwatay, but they are related to the larger family of Jola groups. Protestant missions began work in the 1960's. Catholicism and Islam entered the area in the early 1900's, although many resisted their influence. Today, most of the Kwatay who practice Catholicism or Islam also retain their traditional beliefs.

Economically, the Kwatay rely on rice for their livelihood, but also sell palm wine, fish, and vegetables. When the rice growing season is over, jobs are scarce, and people often move away from their villages to find employment. Health care needs improvement, and the infant mortality rate is high.

The Kwatay are monogamous. Neighbors often work together by age groups to do cooperative farming.

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People Name General Jola-Kwatay
People Name in Country Jola-Kwatay
Population in Senegal 8,200
World Population 8,200
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Jola, Kwatay
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Atlantic-Jola
People Name General Jola-Kwatay
Ethnic Code NAB56c
People ID 12917
Country Senegal
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Diembering, Bouyouye, Nyikine, Boukot-Diola; coastal villages just south of Casamance River mouth; Dakar.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kuwaataay (8,300)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kuwaataay 8,300
For Primary Language: Kuwaataay

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1997)
New Testament Yes   (2000)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Kuwaataay Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.62 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
25.00 %
0.00 %
55.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
65.0 %
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