Senufo

Categories: Ethnicities

Spanning the northern Ivory Coast, southeastern Mali and western Burkina Faso, this ethno-linguistic group, related yet distinct from the Gur group, even has one sub-group, the Nafana, found in north-western Ghana. Predominately adherents to their traditional faith, they once made up a significant part of the Kénédougou kingdom, a pre-colonial state established in the southern portion of present-day Mali. Superb carvers of wood, their sculpture, masks and figurines helped to inspire Pablo Picasso’s African period.

Synonyms:
Senefo, Sene, Sénoufo, Siena, Sienna, Syénambélé, Syena
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