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Title:Livestock Individual Identification among the Turkana: The Animal Classification and Naming in the Pastoral Livestock Management
Author:Ohta, Itaru
Periodical:African Study Monographs
Geographic term:Kenya
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
External link:http://jambo.africa.kyoto-u.ac.jp/kiroku/asm_normal/abstracts/pdf/ASM%20%20Vol.8%20No.1%201987/Itaru%20OHTA.pdf
Abstract:The relationship between man and livestock among the Turkana, northwestern Kenya, is analysed through an examination of the livestock classification system and the naming of individual animals. In the Turkana classification system, five domains are stressed: age-sex, coat colour, horn shape, ear shape including ear markings, and brand marks. The management techniques relevant to producing categories of the livestock are described and analysed. The aspect of livestock individuality is examined through the giving of individual names, with a study of the etymologies of 350 names, and a discussion of the significance of individual identification in pastoral societies. Individual identification of livestock is indispensable not only to livestock management, but also to maintaining human social relationships, which are mediated by livestock transfer. Abstr., bibliogr., notes.