Close up portrait of Turkana girl with traditional hairstyle and bead decorations, Loyangalani, Kenya

 

 

Peoples of Kenya

The Turkana

The Turkana are Kenya's third-largest tribe and the second largest group of nomadic pastoralists (after Maasai). The majority live in Turkana District of Rift Valley in the arid northwest of Kenya. Most of Turkana are cattle herders, some engage in small-scale agriculture and fishing on Lake Turkana. They speak Turkana which is similar to the Maasai language and is considered to be of Nilotic in origin.

Traditional dress and ornaments are of vital importance, much emphasis being placed on adornment of both women and young Morani (warrior). Beads and jewelry indicate a woman's wealth and marital status. The traditional hairstyle for a woman is a braided Mohawk.

See other tribes of Kenya: El Molo, Maasai, Kikuyu, Samburu

Photographs by Frantisek Staud


 Turkana tribeswoman carrying her child, Kenya
 Turkana girl wearing traditional hairstyle and elaborated bead necklaces, Loyangalani, Kenya
 Turkana woman protecting her child in her arms, Loyangalani, Kenya
 Close up portrait of Turkana medicine man, Kenya
 Turkana medicine men wearing clay hairdo and genuine tribal ornaments, Kenya
 Close up portrait of Turkana medicine man, Kenya
 Close up of Turkana woman wearing typical tribal decorations, Kenya
 Smiling Turkana woman with colorful bead necklaces and ear rings, Kenya
 Close up of Turkana woman wearing colorful bead necklaces, Kenya
 Turkana tribeswomen with traditional hairstyle and genuine ornaments, Kenya
 Smiling Turkana woman with colorful bead necklaces and ear rings, Kenya
 Turkana tribeswomen wearing genuine bead ornaments, Kenya
 Turkana girl with traditional tribal bead ornaments, Kenya
 Turkana girl with traditional tribal bead ornaments, Kenya
 Turkana girl with genuine tribal bead necklaces, Kenya
 Smiling Turkana girl with traditional hairstyle and bead necklaces, Loyangalani, Kenya
 Detail of Turkana tribal decorations, Loyangalani, Kenya
 Turkana girl wearing traditional hair dress and elaborated bead ornaments, Loyangalani, Kenya
 Little Turkana boy wearing typical tribal hairdressing and bead ornaments, Kenya
 Little Turkana boy wearing typical tribal hair dress and bead ornaments, Kenya
 Little Turkana boy wearing typical tribal hairstyle and bead ornaments, Kenya
 Turkana woman wearing typical tribal hair dress and bead ornaments, Kenya
 Close up of Turkana woman wearing genuine tribal ornaments, Kenya
 Close up of Turkana woman wearing typical tribal hair style and bead ornaments, Kenya
 Old Turkana woman walking down the street of Loyangalani, Kenya
 Detail of foot with tire-sandal, Turkana, Kenya
 Turkana medicine man wearing clay hairdo and tribal ornaments, Kenya
 Close up portrait of Turkana girl with traditional hairdressing and bead necklaces, Loyangalani, Kenya
 Close up portrait of smiling Turkana girl with traditional hairstyle and bead ornaments, Loyangalani, Kenya
 Close up portrait of Turkana girl with traditional hairstyle and bead ornaments, Loyangalani, Kenya
 Turkana girl with traditional hairstyle and elaborated bead necklaces, Loyangalani, Kenya
 Turkana girl with traditional hairstyle and an abundance of bead necklaces, Loyangalani, Kenya
 Turkana girl with traditional hairstyle and an abundance of bead necklaces, Loyangalani, Kenya
 Turkana tribeswoman with traditional hairstyle and an abundance of bead necklaces, Loyangalani, Kenya
 Close up portrait of Turkana woman with traditional hair dress, Loyangalani, Kenya
 Close up portrait of Turkana tribeswoman with traditional hairdressing and an abundance of bead necklaces, Loyangalani, Kenya
 Blind Turkana woman wearing colorful bead necklaces and ear rings, Kenya
 Three Turkana women with colorful bead necklaces sitting on a dirt road, Kenya
 Blind Turkana woman wearing colorful bead necklaces and ear rings, Kenya
 Typical huts of Turkana village near Loyangalani, Kenya
 Turkana village near Loyangalani, Kenya
 Typical huts of Turkana village near Loyangalani, Kenya

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