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Periodical article Periodical article
Title:Generations of Strangers: The Kore of Lamu
Author:Romero-Curtin, P.
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Geographic term:Kenya
Discipline:Anthropology & Ethnology
Subjects:Kore - ethnic group
Lamu - society
Social Stratification
Abstract:Today, approximately two hundred to two hundred fifty Kore live on Lamu Island on the northern Kenya coast. Who they are, and how they got to Lamu is one issue, the other is their relationship to the highly diverse and stratified society of Lamu Island, where they have lived for more than a generation. The origins of the people of Lamu are described together with their social organisation and customs, their economic activities and their traditions. Kore traditions have gradually changed. They were strangers among the Somali, yet they absorbed sane Somali customs. They were strangers among ex-slave squatters on the mainland as well as among other pastoral groups, and no doubt picked up sane of their traditions. After a generation or two in Lamu, they have absorbed some of the customs described in this paper. Their language is gone. Their children attend government schools; and some have moved to Mombasa and Nairobi, as the Lamu children before them, in search of urban employment, leaving their cattle culture far behind. Their political system has been replaced by that of the state government. (Source: ASC Documentation).