Tupuri people

The Tupuri are an ethnic group in Cameroon and Chad. They speak a language called Tupuri, which had 125,000 speakers in Cameroon at an unspecified date and 90,785 speakers in Chad in 1993.

In Cameroon, the Tupuri live east of Kaélé in the Kaele division and in the Kar-Hay subdivision of the Mayo-Danay division of the Far North Province. In Chad, Tupuri live near Fianga, Fianga Subprefecture, Mayo-Kebbi Prefecture in the southeast of the country.[1]

The Tupuri are known for a dance called the gourna, "the dance of the cock", which involves the dancers forming a circle and holding long sticks.[2][3]


  1. ^ Ethnologue.
  2. ^ Chrispin 129.
  3. ^ West 18.


  • Chrispin, Pettang, directeur, Cameroun: Guide touristique. Paris: Les Éditions Wala.
  • Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.) (2005): "Tupuri". Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 15th ed. Dallas: SIL International. Accessed 7 June 2006.
  • West, Ben (2004). Cameroon: The Bradt Travel Guide. Guilford, Connecticut: The Globe Pequot Press Inc.

Tupuri People

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