Jola-Kwatay in Senegal

Joshua Project has identified the Jola-Kwatay only in Senegal

Population

7,250

Christian

3.0%

Evangelical

0.62%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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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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Country Senegal
Continent Africa
Region West and Central Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Diembering, Bouyouye, Nyikine, Boukot-Diola; coastal villages just south of Casamance River mouth; Dakar
People Group Map Jola-Kwatay in Senegal PDF Version



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People Name General Jola-Kwatay
People Name in Country Jola-Kwatay
ROP3 Code 105530
Joshua Project People ID 12917
Indigenous Yes
Population in Senegal 7,250
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Jola, Kwatay,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kuwaataay 7,300
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Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Atlantic-Jola
People Name General Jola-Kwatay
Ethnic Code NAB56c
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Largest Religion Islam
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
3.0%    ( Evangelical  0.62% )
Ethnic Religions
25.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
72.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
5.00%
Protestant
30.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
65.00%
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