1A member of an East African people living between Lake Turkana and the Nile.
- ‘For the Turkana, the beneficent god Akuj is white and luminous, whereas the bad spirit called Ekipe is black or red.’
- ‘The Turkana would be in far worse condition if mobility were not an option.’
- ‘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.’
2The Nilotic language of the Turkana, spoken by about 250,000 people.
Relating to the Turkana or their language.
- ‘As a response to the drought and heavy herd losses, Turkana district began receiving famine relief in March 1993.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In recent decades, Turkana women have progressively ceased to wear their traditional skin clothing, primarily because of recurrent droughts and famine in the region.’
- ‘Originally used by girls as fertility dolls, Turkana dolls have been made for sale to tourists over the past few decades.’
A local name.