Introduction / History
The Pye, also spelled Pe or Pai, are located beside the ‘Epeye Gopal’ mountain in Gyanggyang, Pai district, in Pankshin and Shendam Local Government Areas in Plateau State. Historically, the people migrated from Maidugri in Borno State and settled on the above mentioned mountain. Their population is estimated at 8,000.
The people enjoy a cordial relationship with their close neighbours, the Ngas, Tarok and Tal.
They are primarily farmers. They cultivate millet, maize, fonio (acha), groundnut, guinea corn, yam, potato, onions, wheat, cassava, beans and tomatoes. Some of their men are hunters and traders.
The traditional ruler of the Pye is known as Udangipye’ (Chief of Pye). They have about five different cultural festivals, which are celebrated every year. The most common is the men’s initiation into ‘Nshak’ (heroism). On the day of this celebration any man who kills an antelope would be recognized as hero of the land. The dead antelope is used during the coronation of the great hunter.
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