Peoples of Kenya
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
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,
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