The Bwamu Laa Laa dialect group is an example of a people ethnically the same as a larger community-the Bwaba- but different enough in speech that they need a separate translation. They are found in the country's southwest region, in an area marked by chains of hills.
Most of the Laa Laa speakers are subsistence farmers, growing millet, sorghum, and peanuts as their staple crops. In recent decades, farmers have grown cotton as a cash crop, and have sheep, goats, and chicken as livestock.
The Bwaba in general are known as a proud and independent people, and the speakers of Laa Laa are no exception. Each village governs itself for there is little central authority. Families have strong internal ties, often depending on one another for food, child care, and money. The Bwaba are hospitable to outsiders, yet they avoid close contacts with neighboring groups, clinging tightly to cultural traditions.
The Bwaba are generally highly motivated to attend school and learn French. However, the lack of money prevents many children, especially girls from completing primary school. A further hindrance for girls attending school is the fear that education will erode adherence to traditional culture.
* Scripture Prayers for the Bwamu, Laa Laa in Burkina Faso.
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|People Name General||Bwamu, Laa Laa|
|People Name in Country||Bwamu, Laa Laa|
|Progress Scale||5 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Alternate Names||Bwaba; Bwamu Laa Laa; Laa Laa; Laa Laa Bwamu|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Boucle du Muhoun region: Bale province, Bagassi, Pâ, and Boni villages area; Hauts-Bassins region. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Bwamu, Laa Laa (117,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||bwj Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
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|Christianity (Evangelical 14.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|