An Introduction to the Tama People

map-tamaWhere do they live?

The Tama people are an African tribe that live in Darfur in western Sudan, and the Dar Tama region of northeastern Chad. There are between 200,000 and 300,000 Tama people in this region.

What language do they speak?

Tama, a Nilo-Saharan language of Africa.

What religion do they practice?

Most Tama people are Muslim, and also hold some animistic beliefs. Animism is the belief that material objects have agency, and that the physical and spiritual worlds are connected.

What do they do?

Many Tama people are subsistence farmers, living on permanent settlements, raising cucumbers, sesame, millet, beans, and gumbo, as well as camels, goats, and cattle.