Ka ngere'dnga ruwiyu
To energy+my child+this
This child will support me when I am old

Old man portrait

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This website is being developed to introduce Sukur to the wider world by assembling as much information on its unique society and rich, self-reliant, culture as is available in archives, publications, and the data collected by Nic David and Judy Sterner between 1991 and 2008. When dates are not specified, the 1990s should be considered the "ethnographic present" in which events take place.

Other materials, much hopefully contributed by Sukur, will be added as they become available.
lease be very patient!
We are developing this web site as we can. Almost everything is under construction and you will find some categories that are empty.


This website is intended to be viewed using the fonts 'Charis SIL',' 'Verdana,' and 'Goudy Handtooled BT.' These are either commonly supplied with Windows and Mac OS, or, with a little searching, are available for free download on the WWWeb.

How to use this site

Categorization fragments the whole but also facilitates access to information. The categories above -- Home, Tour, Montagnards, etc. -- are artificial but hopefully convenient.

The 'Tour', consisting of a slide show, serves to introduce you to Sukur, its landscapes, and its people.

'Montagnards' will provide a broader context, geographic and socio-cultural, within which Sukur can be better understood.

Since society is expressed in culture, the categories of 'Society' and 'Culture' are the hardest to disentangle, and we will do our best to interrelate them with hyperlinks. 'Society' contains pages on history, legends, the sequence of chiefs, clan histories, Sukur title holders and the origins of the titles. Culture, presently consisting only of the Sulur calendar, will include a wide range of information on the Sukur calendar, on ceremonies public and private, on material culture, and other aspects of Sukur life.

'Language' is at one and the same time more self-contained as a category and essential underpinning to everything else. At present it mainly contains our inexpert data on Sakun, the language of Sukur. While most people will use it not at all or occasionally for reference, we hope that students of language will find it useful. Soon we will be able to connect you to linguist Michael Thomas's website on the Sakun language.

'Images' are included in all categories. 'Images' will offer a gallery of pictures of Sukur people and their lives.

'Music' gives a brief description of Sukur music and musical instruments and includes a sample of audio files.

The 'Library' includes a compilation of references to books, chapters, articles, videos, in fact everything that is referred to elsewhere on the web site and other sources of relevance. Where we have digital versions of such documents they are available for download. We are also adding a new page containing relevant archives from the from the Nigerian National Archives and Arewa House, Kaduna. These we had photocopied on site, since when Judy Sterner has retyped them and it is her digital versions that are available for download.

'Tourism' is a page that we will shortly be putting up. This will contain a number of recent articles by Nigerian academics on tourism related issues, a bibliography, and our comments.

'Links' offers the visitor connections to other Internet resources that are of interest.

Inoculation of children

Inoculations against meningitis and other diseases are carried out by medical technicians who walk up the mountain without complaint, sometimes even returning to visit on their free days. The inoculations we witnessed were free as part of a WHO program.




Chameleon on a white-barked acacia






















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