Introduction / History
The Silanka of Burkina Faso, with a population of 9,000, represent a tiny island in the sea of the Mossi population. The group of up to seven villages is located approximately 140 km north of the nation's capital Ouagadougou. Little is known of their culture and language. The group's main occupation is subsistence farming. Their region is located not far from the Sahara Desert. The Silanka grow such grains as millet, sorghum, and maize, which are crops that are suitable for the shorter rainy season. The Silanka also raise goats and cattle according to their means.
The Silanka usually speak their language Sininkere with each other. Nevertheless, they speak Moore and especially Fulfulde well. Certain young Silanka in fact, prefer speaking Fulfulde with other Silanka, attachment to their language seems to be lessening.
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