2 Old Fighting Finger Knives – Ngigolio – TURKANA / TEPETH – Kenya, Uganda
Hand wrought iron.
- 1 – TURKANA: cm. 7,7 high (3.03″); grams 41,6 (1.47 oz.);
- 2 – TEPETH: cm. 8,3 high (3.27″); grams 23,5 (0.83 oz.);
“The Turkana are the finest fighting men in East Africa”, so, without so many preambles, Mr. Crampton defined his subjects when he was appointed a politacal officer in Turkanaland. He is echoed by Elisabeth M. Thomas when she describes them as “having a reputation for an extreme rapacious bravery” and again as “exceptionnally fearless”.
The Karamojong are a Nilotic ethnic group. They are agro-pastoral herders living mainly in the north-east of Uganda. The name Karamojong derived from phrase “ekar ngimojong”, meaning “the old men can walk no farther”. According to tradition, the peoples now known as the Karamojong Cluster are said to have migrated from Abyssinia between the 1600 and 1700 AD as a single group. Related groups, whose differentiation from Karamojong as separate ethnic or tribal groups is a result of often arbitrary external ethnographic categorization, include Tepeth, Labwor, Dodoth, Napore, Teuso and Pokot.
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