The Kono of Cote D'Ivoire
Kono history claims that the Kono were once a powerful people in Mali and Guinea. Over three hundred years ago, they spread into Sierra Leone as peaceful hunters. Further immigration into the area left the Kono with an over-populated country which had fallow soil.
Attacks from the Mende people forced the Kono to seek refuge in the Koranko country to the north, where they were allowed to farm the land. The Mende eventually moved further south, and the Kono returned to their own land, the soil of which was rejuvenated and fertile. In recent years, the soil once again has become depleted; therefore, some Kono have migrated to Liberia, Guinea, and Cote d'Ivoire.
What Are Their Lives Like
The size of rural Kono villages varies from several houses to nearly one hundred dwellings. Kono houses were at one time round constructions made of mud, clay, and thatch. Although some of these houses still exist today, those recently built are rectangular and made of adobe blocks. The rectangular houses have verandas where the women cook and others can enjoy the shade.
After sunset, in the open courtyards of the villages, the entire village sings. The people dance in a single file circle to the beat of drums. Each person develops his own individual steps and movements in an attempt to stand out in the crowd.
The Kono year is divided into a rainy and a dry season. The rainy season is a time for farming. Families leave their homes early in the morning, walk to their farms, and return home at dusk. Cooking, bathing, and other household chores are done at the farms by most of the women, while the men and other women perform the agricultural tasks.
After the rice harvest, the heavy agricultural work is finished, giving way to the dry season. Most people remain in town every day during the dry season since many social events take place at that time of year. During this period, young boys are initiated into the Poro society, and young girls, into the Sande society. These societies teach youth the Kono culture and habits. Training for these organizations bridges the gap between childhood and adult life.
The dry season is also a time when much courting and many marriages take place. A man's wealth is determined by the number of wives he has. Most men have more than one wife, and those men with many wives are shown the greatest respect and honor. Also during the dry season, women organize fishing expeditions and older men may be found outdoors weaving.
What Are Their Belief?
What Are Their Needs?
Prayer is a real key to reaching them with the Gospel message. They need additional Christian workers who understand their culture to labor among them and to share the love of Jesus with them.Prayer Points
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