Thursday, February 16, 2017

Five Cultural Videos of Sudan's Nuba Moros

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post provides some general information about the Nuba Moro ethnic group of Sudan and showcases five YouTube cutual videos of the Nuba Moro.

The content of this post is presented for folkloric, cultural, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are featured in these videos and quoted in this post. Thanks also to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

These excerpts are given in no particular order. I've numbered them for referencing purposes only.

Article Excerpt #1:
The Moro Nuba are a sub-ethnic group of the Nuba peoples in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan state, in southern Sudan. Many members of this ethnicity are Christians. The population of this ethnicity possibly does not exceed 100,000.

The Moro Nuba speak Moro language of the Kordofanian languages group, in the major Niger–Congo language family."....

Article Excerpt #2
From, Moro Language Project, 2007
"Moro is a Kordofanian language spoken in the Nuba Mountain region of Sudan. Little linguistic work on the Kordofanian family has been undertaken. It remains one of the most poorly described language groups in Africa. This situation is partly due to the remoteness of the mountainous location, but also to civil war in Sudan.

The exact number of Moro speakers both within the traditional Moro-speaking area and elsewhere is not clear. Moro was reported to have 30,000 speakers in 1982, prior to the second Sudanese civil war. Although the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement recognized minority languages and offered new hope for stability, peace in Sudan is fragile. As of July 2011, as South Sudan became an independent nation, the Nuba people are once again embroiled in war....

There are over twenty Kordofanian languages, which together form one of the main branches of the Niger-Congo phylum. Existing literature on Kordofanian is sparse. The only previous grammar of Moro (Black & Black 1971) is a useful overview of the language, but does not recognize tone and describes a different dialect than Thetogovela. Population movement and the current development of a standard form by the Moro Language Committee in Khartoum may contribute to dialect shifting, making our research all the more urgent."...

Article Excerpt #3
From [retrieved Feb. 15, 2017 but may contain outdated information]
"The Nuba Mountains, also referred to as the Nuba Hills (Arabic: جبال النوبة‎‎), is an area located in South Kordofan, Sudan. The area is home to a group of indigenous ethnic groups known collectively as the Nuba peoples. In the 18th century, the Nuba Mountains became home to the kingdom of Taqali that controlled the hills of the mountains until their defeat by Mahdi Muhammad Ahmad. After the Mahdi's defeat by the British, Taqali was restored as a client state. Infiltration of the Messiria tribe of Baggara Arabs has been influential in modern conflicts....

The region stayed under the control of the central government and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement did not give the Nuba Mountains the right to join South Sudan in its vote for independence in 2011. Residents of the Nuba Mountains were required to hold ill-defined "popular consultations" to determine their future.[2][3] Not only the Nuba Mountains but the whole of South Kordofan state would be eligible to vote, essentially to accommodate the Messiria.[4] Additionally, the Sudanese government maintained heavy military presence in the region and even prospective "popular consultations" were seen likely to be barred.[4] The ambiguous situation and fears of future communal violence invoked concerns that South Kordofan could be the "next Darfur".[5][6][7]

As of June 2011, South Kordofan's governor Ahmed Haroun had suspended the process of popular consultations and conflict between Sudan People's Armed Forces and Nuba fighters of the SPLM-N followed[8] (see Sudan–SPLM-N conflict (2011))....

The international community, including a number of celebrities such as actor George Clooney[9] and reporter Nicholas Kristof,[10] have recently [2015] travelled to the Nuba Mountains and documented the continued genocidal activities of the Bashir government. It should be noted that President Bashir is an indicted war criminal at the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a result of the genocidal activities of Sudan in Darfur. Human Rights Watch says that cluster bombs are used in the region.[11]

The ongoing war continues as the international community continues to debate a resolution to the issue of the Nuba Mountains.[12]"...
Click for more article excerpts about and videos of Nuba people.

Example #1:Nuba Moro traditional dance 03 in Sudan

yaskori Uploaded on Sep 13, 2009

Example #2: Video3 - Part 3

TheNubaMoro Uploaded on Mar 15, 2010

Example #3: Nuba Moro Wresting

Lawrence Molczyk, Uploaded on Dec 14, 2010

Example #4: nuba moro dancing

arkto albet Uploaded on Aug 29, 2011

Example #5: Nuba Moro Church

Yohanna Jarry, Published on Dec 21, 2013

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