The Shona of Zimbwabwe, the Makonde of Tanzania and the Karamojong of Uganda are some of the leading carvers in Africa. Other carvers from various parts of the continent such as Kenya, Mali, Nigeria among others have also been known for their extraordinary talent in the art of carving spectacular figures out of wood, metal, stone and ivory.
The Karamojong live in the southern part of region in the north-east of Uganda, occupying an area equivalent to one tenth of the country. According to anthropologists, the Karamojong are part of a group that migrated from present-day Ethiopia around 1600 A.D. and split into two branches, with one branch moving to present day Kenya to form the Kalenjin group and Maasai cluster.
The other branch, called Ateker, migrated westwards. Ateker further split into several groups, including Turkana in present day Kenya, Iteso, Dodoth, Jie, Karamojong, and Kumam in present day Uganda, also Jiye and Toposa in southern Sudan all of them together now known as the "Teso Cluster" or "Karamojong Cluster".
Research and curation:
1. Martin K. Maitha
2. Magunga Williams Oduor, who runs Kenya's leading digital creative writing space (www.magunga.com)
3. Belva Digital team.
Photography: Bobbypall Photography (http://bobbypallphotography.co.ke/)
Text & Images: Kenya National Archives and Alan Donovan of African Heritage