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  • The IK of 'the Mountain People' fame

    Posted by Brian Jones

    24 August 2004 – bgriptree (24k image)

    Lokiira is a member of the Ik who are a hunter gatherer tribe of about 10,000 people located in a small area of Kotido district in Uganda. The Ik have a certain notoriety in anthropological circles thanks to an ethnography that was written some years ago called 'The mountain People' that painted them in a less than favourable light.

    To this day they remain an acutely marginalised community sandwiched between the Turkana and Karamojong both of whom are known for their cattle raiding. As a result they do not own any livestock and live high in the mountains overlooking the rift valley. They are most famous locally for the use of wild honey reserves, which they sell for a small income.

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