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Sandawe in Tanzania


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
78,000 Sandawe Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 % No No   

Sandawe in Tanzania

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Introduction / History
The Sandawe are a small group living in north-central Tanzania in Kondo District, near the town of Kondoa, between the Mponde and Bubu rivers. The Sandawe are a small remaining group of a race of people that originally lived over much of Africa. The San, called Bushmen by the Dutch in South Africa, were the first people we know in the Rift Valley. The Sandawe are racially different from the surrounding tribes. They have lighter skin and are smaller, with knotty hair like that of the Bushmen, commonly referred to as peppercorn hair. They have the epicanthic fold of the eye lid (like East Asian people) common to the Bushmen.

The Sandawe language includes click sounds as consonants and is also tonal. Totally unrelated to other languages around them, it is difficult to learn. The language is related to the languages of the Bushmen (San) and the Hottentots (Khoi) of the southern Africa and is therefore classified as a Khoisan language. The Hadzapi, also in northern Tanzania, are the only other aboriginal people in Eastern Africa still speaking a Khoisan language.

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Country: Tanzania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Dodoma region: Kondoa district, between Bubu and Mponde rivers; Singida region.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Sandawe
People Name General: Sandawe
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 108634
Joshua Project People ID: 14720
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 78,000
Population all Countries: 78,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Khoisan
People Name General: Sandawe
Ethnic Code: BYG11b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sandawe (78,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sad    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity15.00 %(Evangelical: 5.00 %)
Ethnic Religions60.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam25.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant35.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic60.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2006-2012
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Sandawe in Tanzania

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    Khoisan     Africa, East and Southern    
      Sandawe Tanzania    
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