Sandawe, Sandwe in Tanzania

Joshua Project has identified the Sandawe only in Tanzania





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Sandawe are a small group living in north-central Tanzania in Kondo District, near the town of Kondoa, between the Mponde and Bubu rivers. The Sandawe are a small remaining group of a race of people that originally lived over much of Africa. The San, called Bushmen by the Dutch in South Africa, were the first people we know in the Rift Valley. The Sandawe are racially different from the surrounding tribes. They have lighter skin and are smaller, with knotty hair like that of the Bushmen, commonly referred to as peppercorn hair. They have the epicanthic fold of the eye lid (like East Asian people) common to the Bushmen.

The Sandawe language includes click sounds as consonants and is also tonal. Totally unrelated to other languages around them, it is difficult to learn. The language is related to the languages of the Bushmen (San) and the Hottentots (Khoi) of the southern Africa and is therefore classified as a Khoisan language. The Hadzapi, also in northern Tanzania, are the only other aboriginal people in Eastern Africa still speaking a Khoisan language.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Sandawe
People Name in Country Sandawe, Sandwe
Population in Tanzania 60,000
World Population 60,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Sandwe
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Khoisan
People Name General Sandawe
Ethnic Code BYG11b
People ID 14720
Country Tanzania
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Dodoma region, Kondoa District, between Bubu and Mponde Rivers.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sandawe (60,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Sandawe 60,000
For Primary Language: Sandawe

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2006-2012)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
15.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
0.00 %
25.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Photo Source: Willem Richter  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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