Natioro, Natyoro in Burkina Faso

Joshua Project has identified the Natioro only in Burkina Faso





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Natioro number only 4,600, and occupy a small area in the extreme southwest of Burkina Faso. Poor roads and a somewhat hilly landscape have prevented much outside contact, and the Natioro remain a strongly traditionalistic people. Still, they are friendly to outsiders and eager to improve their own society. The area's hot and arid climate, broken by a rainy season in the summer, is conducive to growing millet and maize. Yams and dried fish complement the villagers' diet.

Most families survive through subsistence farming, although some men are herdsmen or merchants. Carpenters are rare, but they are well-known for the beds they produce from local wood. The Natioro trade among themselves and with neighboring peoples at a weekly market. Men rule as the "family chief," and may marry several wives and father numerous children. Each village recognizes its own chief who settles disputes among the people. Larger conflicts are handled by an outside Government official. People gather as a community for important events such as weddings, funerals, and baptisms.

The young people of the area have only one primary school to attend, and spend much of their time helping out in the fields or doing housework. As they mature, finding a job becomes very difficult, especially during the dry season. Many seem willing to learn to read, but there have been no successful literacy programs among the people. Although the Natioro claim to be Muslim, many Animistic beliefs persist. Ceremonies combine Islamic customs with traditional methods of ancestor worship and animal sacrifice. No missionary groups have worked among the people, and there are no known Natioro believers. The villagers' longing for literacy may be a key way for workers to reach them with the Word of God.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Natioro
People Name in Country Natioro, Natyoro
Population in Burkina Faso 4,800
World Population 4,800
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Natyoro, Samukune, Senufo
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Natioro
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 13252
Country Burkina Faso
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Léraba Province, Sindou Subdistrict, west of Banfora, Sindou town area; Dinaoro, Timba, and Kawara.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Natioro (4,800)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Natioro 4,800
For Primary Language: Natioro

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.60 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
72.00 %
0.00 %
23.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
65.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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