Kwisi people

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Mbundyu, Kwandu
Native toAngola
Regionsouthern coast
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

The Kwisi are a seashore-fishing and hunter-gatherer people of southwest Angola that physically seem to be a remnant of an indigenous population—along with the Kwadi, the Cimba, and the Damara—that are unlike either the San (Bushmen) or the Bantu. Culturally they have been strongly influenced by the Kuvale, and speak the Kuvale dialect of Herero.[4][5] There may, however, have been a few elderly speakers of an unattested Kwisi language (AKA Kwisi, Mbundyu, Kwandu) in the 1960s.[6]


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  6. ^ Matthias Brenzinger, 1992. Language death: factual and theoretical explorations with special reference to East Africa, p. 367.