Nuna, Northern in Burkina Faso

Joshua Project has identified the Nuna, Northern only in Burkina Faso





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Northern Nuna, while very similar in culture to the Southern Nuna, nevertheless speak a different dialect. They number about 93,000 speakers. Like their southern brothers, they are subsistence farmers, with their basic crops being millet, sorghum, and peanuts. They raise poultry and small livestock when possible. The Northern region has slightly lower annual rainfall than is found in the south, affecting both the range of crops that can be grown and the availability of water.

Concerning the religious situation of the Northern Nuna, the traditional religion is still very dominant. According to this set of beliefs, the world is full of spirits and gods, who control such things as events, harvests and health. These spirits can be appeased by sacrifices. One northern village in particular, named Pouni, is renowned for its spiritual activity. The making and displaying of masks, which are tied to religious rites, have even made Pouni a tourist attraction.

Because of the tenacity of their beliefs in the traditional religion, most of the Northern Nuna have repelled the Christian message up to now. In the northwest region, the Roman Catholic church has established a few chapels. In Pouni itself, there have recently been conversions through an Assemblies of God congregation. Nevertheless, progress is very slow. Besides the hostile spiritual climate, a major need is for the written material to be adapted to the northern regions. While the primers and translated Scriptures exist in the southern region, these materials must be adapted for the north.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Nuna, Northern
People Name in Country Nuna, Northern
Population in Burkina Faso 96,000
World Population 96,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Northern Nuni, Northern Nunuma, Nouni, Nuna, Nuni Northern
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Nuna, Northern
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 14063
Country Burkina Faso
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sissili and Sangui√© provinces, near Boromo. Dialect dividing line is Mouhoun River.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nuni, Northern (96,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nuni, Northern 96,000
For Primary Language: Nuni, Northern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (1999)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 6.00 %)
16.00 %
Ethnic Religions
59.00 %
0.00 %
25.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
2.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
63.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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