Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Meet the Aweer

In the weeks past we have been introduced to the thirteen East African tribes which make up the majority in Kenya. There are an additional 21 minority group tribes that we will meet over the coming weeks. As they are the minority, there is limited information readily available on these tribes, so our posts on them will be comparatively shorter.

The Aweer are a distinct hunter-gatherer-culture and indigenous people in East Africa. They are found primarily in Kenya, but their homeland extends into Somalia. These are the famous indigenous hunters in the hinterland of Lamu, who are often called by the derogatory term "Boni".

We found a particularly intriguing Anweer quote from an excerpt from Livingtime which says:
The Euro-American image of time is a machine, a factory assembly line chucking
out identical hours, each unremarked and indistinguishable. Worse than that, it
has insisted that its time is the time, and that indigenous peoples all over the
world lack a ‘proper’ sense of time. It is not a lack. Rather they have
cultivated a far more subtle and sensitive relationship to time and timing.


Anonymous said...

What does "Boni" mean? I can't think of a single reason they should be called by a deragotory name? Can you enlighten us for that reason?

Demis Foster said...

My Church, -Stow On The Wold Baptist Church, in Gloucestershire, England-, have supported the Aweer work of the Wycliff Bible Translators for the last twelve years, and although we heard of the change of the name, no one seems able to answer why it seems to be derogatory......