Warriors and traders. The political organization of a West African chiefdom

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The north-central Ivory Coast region which corresponds to the modern prefectures of Korhogo and Ferkessedougou, is characterised by the presence of two distinct ethnic groups, the majority Senufo and the minority Dyala. This article traces the Dyala immigration from the 17th century, and the establishment of small chiefdoms, especially that of Kadioha. This chiefdom was the outstanding exception as it had Dyala as opposed to Senufo chiefs. Discusses the two forms of political organisation, the poro society of the Senufo chiefdoms, and the kabila of the Dyala communities. There were also conflicting principles of organisation between the Dyala traders and the Senufo concentration on warfare. The system demised in the end of the 19th century by the presence of invading armies from outside. -K.Ferenczy

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-373
Number of pages19
JournalCahiers d'Etudes Africaines
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Development


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