Tasawaq in Niger

Joshua Project has identified the Tasawaq only in Niger






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Tasawaq cultivate date palms in and around the oasis town of Ingal in northwestern Niger. This is their primary occupation and a source of pride to them. Approximately 80 km north of Ingal is another town called Tegidda-n-Tessumt which has salty springs and underground water exploited by the Tasawaq. Seasonal work requires migration of the Tasawaq between these two important towns. In Tegidda-n-Tessumt they evaporate the salt which they use primarily in their animal feed. Since salt cannot be evaporated during the rainy season, many Tasawaq move back to Ingal during those months when the harvest of dates requires extra hands.

Income to purchase the necessities of life comes through the sale of dates and salt as well as from finely woven and colorfully decorated mats made from palm leaves. For all the nomads in the region, (Tuareg, Arabs, Fulani and Igdalen) the town of Ingal and its surroundings is a meeting place for the annual "Cure Salee", a type of animal fair, family reunion, and rodeo all rolled into one which usually takes place in August or September. It is an important festival as well as an important part of the economic life of Ingal. The town of Ingal has had a school for over forty years and a high percentage of children in town attend school. The population generally has a positive attitude towards education, and is willing to send students elsewhere to pursue higher education with the underlying expectation that they will eventually return to Ingal. The Tasawaq speak the language called Tasawaq which is related to Tabarog and Tagdal.

They follow Islam as their religion. No church or mission has targeted the Tasawaq.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Tasawaq
People Name in Country Tasawaq
Population in Niger 15,000
World Population 15,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ingelshi
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Songhai
People Name General Tasawaq
Ethnic Code NAB65b
People ID 15277
Country Niger
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central Niger, Ingal and Teguidda-n-Tessoumt, near Agadez.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tasawaq (15,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tasawaq 15,000
For Primary Language: Tasawaq

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.40 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.60 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
24.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
15.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
31.0 %
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Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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