Winiama

Categories: Ethnicities

The Winiama of Burkina Faso originally emigrated from Ghana to resist the Mossi invaders who labeled their heroic pushback as nothing short of magic. The most recognized of the Winiama art forms are their elaborate wooden masks that harness and honor the surrounding occult natural powers. Since they speak a Gur language, their Mossi neighbors as well as ethnological scholars often link them to the Gurunsi people, a designation the Winiama vehemently reject as defamatory.

Synonyms:
Kolsi, Kols, Wile, Winien, Winyema, Winye, Winyé
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