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1A member of an East African people living between Lake Turkana and the Nile.
- ‘The Turkana would be in far worse condition if mobility were not an option.’
- ‘For the Turkana, the beneficent god Akuj is white and luminous, whereas the bad spirit called Ekipe is black or red.’
- ‘But over the years, more and more Ariaal - like the Masai and the Turkana in Kenya and the Tuaregs and Bedouins elsewhere in Africa - are settling down.’
- ‘Not only does the Turkana's lifestyle provide a challenge for health care, but the region's poor roads and bridges also hamper healthcare delivery.’
2[mass noun] The Nilotic language of the Turkana, spoken by about 250,000 people.
Relating to the Turkana or their language.
- ‘The pastoral Turkana tribe, whose cattle still graze the arid moonscape surrounding the lake, hold two things sacred: water and grass.’
- ‘This married woman's apron, probably dating from the 1980s, played an important part in many events of Turkana life.’
- ‘Originally used by girls as fertility dolls, Turkana dolls have been made for sale to tourists over the past few decades.’
- ‘In recent decades, Turkana women have progressively ceased to wear their traditional skin clothing, primarily because of recurrent droughts and famine in the region.’
- ‘As a response to the drought and heavy herd losses, Turkana district began receiving famine relief in March 1993.’
A local name.
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