Dzuun, Samogo in Burkina Faso

Joshua Project has identified the Dzuun, Samogo only in Burkina Faso







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Introduction / History

The Dzuun, a small ethnic group of over 13,000 speakers, are one of many people groups inhabiting Burkina Faso's southwest region. The Dzuun are concentrated in about 10 villages, so their territory is not very large.

Economically, the Dzuun are well off compared with other ethnic groups. They live in Burkina Faso's fruit-basket. Thus, besides subsistence farming of millet, sorghum, maize, peanuts and sweet potatoes, the Dzuun earn cash by selling products such as oranges, mandarins, mangoes, yams, okra and sweet potatoes. Education is gaining in importance among the Dzuun, although less than half of the boys and only one-quarter of the girls who are of school age are currently enrolled. It appears the Dzuun are taking more of an interest in learning to read in their mother tongue. Literacy centers for Jula are also available.

In terms of religion, the group experienced a mass conversion to Islam only 50 years ago. While all profess to be Muslim, many still secretly practice aspects of the traditional religion. The Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission (AIMM) began a church-planting ministry among the Dzuun 10 years ago. In their approach to evangelism, they have sought to earn favor with village elders, as the opinions of the older people carry much weight in traditional African culture. The missionaries do this through playing audiocassettes of translated Scripture stories to the older generation first. Besides the efforts of those from AIMM, another church group has recently evangelized among the group. Another development in presenting the Gospel is a Dzuun man's writing three Christian songs, based on the Psalms. In church planting, it is always encouraging to see church music that arises from the local culture; that is, music that uses Dzuungoo melodies and instruments, but whose words carry the truth of the Gospel. In addition, the translation of the Scriptures is progressing.

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People Name General Dzuun, Samogo
People Name in Country Dzuun, Samogo
Population in Burkina Faso 22,100
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Mande
People Name General Dzuun, Samogo
Ethnic Code NAB63z
Country Burkina Faso
Continent Africa
Region West and Central Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Kénédougou Province, Samorogouan and Samogohiri departments, west of Bobo-Dioulasso near Orodara town; Samogo-Iri, Saraba, Diomou, Gnalé, Sokouraba, Todié, and Samogogouan
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dzuungoo (22,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dzuungoo 22,000
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Largest Religion Islam
0.10%    ( Evangelical  0.03% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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