Pana, Sama in Mali






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Pana are a small ethnic group of 8,000 living in Burkina Faso and south central Mali. The population inhabiting 13 villages is fairly evenly divided between the two countries. The Pana live by subsistence farming. The rains, which come between May and October, are generally adequate to allow for such crops as rice and maize, besides millet, the staple. Raising livestock, such as cattle and goats, is important to the Pana. The area is not easily reached due to the poor quality of the roads. One effect of this relative isolation is fewer government services. Only three elementary schools, are found within the region. Receiving adequate health care also becomes more difficult with poor roads.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Pana, Sama (Pa-nah)
People Name in Country Pana, Sama
Population in Mali 6,200
World Population 14,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Pana, Sama
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Pana, Sama (Pa-nah)
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 18893
Country Mali
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 40  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country South of Bandiagara, straddling Mali-Burkina Faso border east of Sourou River, due north of Kassoum in Burkina Faso.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

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

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
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 0.00 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
78.00 %
0.00 %
20.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
100.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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