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Idaksahak in Mali


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
158,000 Tadaksahak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Idaksahak in Mali

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Introduction / History
The Idaksahak are a North African (light-skinned) nomadic people. Associated with them are descendants of their former slaves (dark-skinned) as well as craftsmen, descendants of various ethnic groups. All these speak the Tadaksahak language. They live in mobile tents, consisting of a frame covered with leather (nowadays some use canvas). The tent poles are artistically carved. Mats of local grass or millet stalks can be put up as a wall for protection against the wind in the cooler season. A few live in mud brick houses in places where a reliable water source makes it possible to live year-round. Starting in rainy season, from July to September, they move across their territory to find pasture for their animals and water from waterholes and wells.

Goats, sheep and camels (dromedaries) are their most common flocks, while some have a hardy breed of cattle. All household goods are transported on donkeys. During years of drought in the eighties, even without outside help the Idaksahak got along better than most and kept more of their animals alive. So today they are often well off economically, though they don't show this in their lifestyle. Irregular rainfalls continue to threaten their existence as nomads in the area. They sell their livestock in exchange for needs other than what they get from their flocks like millet, tea, sugar, salt, tobacco and clothes. The area's central cattle market is in Menaka. Typically craftsmen make other household items, who themselves live a nomadic life.

The population is Muslim, with some animistic practices (folk Islam). Most children get a basic Koranic training, often before any other education, learning to read and write Arabic. As a people ignored or patronized by others, the Idaksahak are skeptical towards outside influence, but their language in writing has potential to reach them. Two development organizations, active in the area since 1995 and 1997, are ready to try this.

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Country: Mali
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:29 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Gao region: Menaka circle, west into Ansongo circle. Menaka is principal town.
(Source: Ethnologue 2018)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Idaksahak
People Name General: Idaksahak
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 103948
Joshua Project People ID: 12178
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 158,000
Population all Countries: 161,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Songhai
People Name General: Idaksahak
Ethnic Code: NAB65b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tadaksahak (158,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): dsq    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Idaksahak in Mali

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People Cluster
    Songhai     Africa, West and Central    
      Idaksahak Mali    
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            Idaksahak in Mali          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Tadaksahak  
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