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Jola-Kwatay in Senegal


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
7,700 Kuwaataay Islam 20.00 % 0.62 %   

Jola-Kwatay in Senegal

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Introduction / History
The Kwatay are an agricultural people living in southwest Senegal, along the coast south of the Casamance River, extending to Guinea-Bissau. They raise rice as their main staple food. The Kwatay live in cement or mud brick houses with thatched or aluminum roofs. Extended families live together in neighborhoods.

Little is known about the origin of the Kwatay, but they are related to the larger family of Jola groups. Protestant missions began work in the 1960s. Catholicism and Islam entered the area in the early 1900s, although many resisted their influence. Today, most of the Kwatay who practice Catholicism or Islam also retain their traditional beliefs.

Economically, the Kwatay rely on rice for their livelihood, but also sell palm wine, fish, and vegetables. When the rice growing season is over, jobs are scarce, and people often move away from their villages to find employment. Health care needs improvement, and the infant mortality rate is high.

The Kwatay are monogamous. Neighbors often work together by age groups to do cooperative farming.

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Country: Senegal
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Ziguinchor region: Diembering, Bouyouye, Nyikine, Boukot-Diola, coastal villages south of Casamance river mouth; Dakar.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Jola-Kwatay
People Name General: Jola-Kwatay
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 105530
Joshua Project People ID: 12917
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 7,700
Population all Countries: 7,700
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Atlantic-Jola
People Name General: Jola-Kwatay
Ethnic Code: NAB56c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kuwaataay (7,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): cwt    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity20.00 %(Evangelical: 0.62 %)
Ethnic Religions25.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam55.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic65.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1997
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kuwaataay
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Jola-Kwatay in Senegal

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People Cluster
    Atlantic-Jola     Africa, West and Central    
      Jola-Kwatay Senegal    
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            Jola-Kwatay in Senegal          
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      Islam     Kuwaataay  
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