Tasawaq in Niger

Joshua Project has identified the Tasawaq only in Niger
Population
17,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 17,000
World Population 17,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Ingelshi
People ID 15277
Country Niger
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Central Niger, Ingal and Teguidda-n-Tessoumt, near Agadez.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Niger
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Central Niger, Ingal and Teguidda-n-Tessoumt, near Agadez.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Primary Language: Tasawaq (17,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: twq   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Tasawaq (17,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: twq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Tasawaq

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

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.40 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.60 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
24.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
15.0 %
Protestant
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
31.0 %
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Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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