Kerewe people

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The Kerewe (locally: Wakerewe) are an ethnic and linguistic group based on Ukerewe Island in the Tanzanian section of Lake Victoria.


In 1987 the Kerewe population was estimated to number 100,000.[1]


The Kerewe of Ukerewe Island in Lake Victoria carved large wooden figures, about 3 feet (90 cm) high, which appear to have been effigies of deceased chiefs. Other examples of wood sculpture, including figures and masks, are known, some showing possible influences from the Luba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In general, however, this is an area in which other artistic mediums clearly dominate.


  1. ^ "Languages of Tanzania". Ethnologue. Retrieved 5 April 2010.

See also[edit]

Kerewe language