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Nuna, Northern in Burkina Faso

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
107,000 Nuni, Northern Ethnic Religions 16.00 % 6.00 % No No   

Nuna, Northern in Burkina Faso

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Introduction / History
The Northern Nuna, while very similar in culture to the Southern Nuna, nevertheless speak a different dialect. Like their southern brothers, they are subsistence farmers, with their basic crops being millet, sorghum, and peanuts. They raise poultry and small livestock when possible. The Northern region has slightly lower annual rainfall than is found in the south, affecting both the range of crops that can be grown and the availability of water.

Concerning the religious situation of the Northern Nuna, the traditional religion is still very dominant. According to this set of beliefs, the world is full of spirits and gods, who control such things as events, harvests and health. These spirits can be appeased by sacrifices. One northern village in particular, named Pouni, is renowned for its spiritual activity. The making and displaying of masks, which are tied to religious rites, have even made Pouni a tourist attraction.

Because of the tenacity of their beliefs in the traditional religion, most of the Northern Nuna have repelled the Christian message up to now. In the northwest region, the Roman Catholic church has established a few chapels. In Pouni itself, there have recently been conversions through an Assemblies of God congregation. Nevertheless, progress is very slow. Besides the hostile spiritual climate, a major need is for the written material to be adapted to the northern regions. While the primers and translated Scriptures exist in the southern region, these materials must be adapted for the north.

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Country: Burkina Faso
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Boucle du Muhoun region: Bale and Mouhoun provinces, near Boromo; dialect dividing line is Mouhoun river. Centre-Ouest region: Sanguie province.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Nuna, Northern
People Name General: Nuna, Northern
Alternate People Names:
Northern NuniNorthern Nunuma
Nuni Northern
ROP3 Code: 107507
Joshua Project People ID: 14063
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 107,000
Population all Countries: 107,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Nuna, Northern
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Nuni, Northern (107,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): nuv    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity16.00 %(Evangelical: 6.00 %)
Ethnic Religions59.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam25.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent2.00 %
Protestant35.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic63.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Nuna, Northern in Burkina Faso

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