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Nov 4, 2009

The Mbugwe people

Written by Julia L.


Name of the Language: Mbugwe

Name of the People: Mbugwe

Name of the Area:  Babati District

Location in the country: The Mbugwe people live in north-central Tanzania, in the area south of Lake Manyara.

The area borders Tarangire national park and the Sangaiwe hills on the East and the rift valley wall to the west, with a main road running through the middle of the language area from north to south.

Geography and climate: Flat valley with scattered hills and patches of forest, quite dry to the north and east, with rivers in the southwest. The easternmost villages border on Lake Burunge, a soda lake.


Population: estimates vary from 17,000 to 26,000. Difficult to determine, because many Mbugwe live outside the language area, or in mixed communities.


Cultural Information:

Farming and animal husbandry

Cash Crops: rice, sesame seed, peanuts, cotton, sunflowers

Food: maize, rice, millet, beans, milk, greens, meat, fish, peanuts, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and onions.

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