The Sandawe of Tanzania
Location: North central Tanzania
History: The Sandawe are descendants of the original San people who first populated Africa.
Culture: Traditionally hunter-gatherers, it is mainly the old men who remember this way of life. Few wild animals remain in the area. People still collect honey, but the hunting and tracking skills are being lost. Many have adopted some agricultural and herding practices of their neighbors, the the soil is poor. The Sandawe were forced by the government to settle in more permanent villages and now they live in small villages scattered through the area, with a few small ‘towns’ here and there. The area is hilly with woodland and scrub.
They are fond of singing, dancing, and telling stories which portray themselves as small animals who use their cunning intelligence to outwit more powerful enemies.
Religion: Animism. They worship the moon and stars and practice with craft. They fear spirits. There are some Catholic converts, but they mix Catholicism with animism. Islam is making inroads.
Latest Prayer Updates:
Please pray for the upcoming Indigenous Leaders Training taking place at Nassa Theological College from April 18th to May 8. Pastor Emma Shilikale has organized it, and is hoping for 65 attendees from various people groups, including Sandawe, Datooga, Alagwa, Hadzabe, and Sonjo. They plan to cover the following topics: Pentateuch, Hermenuetics, Cross Cultural Communication (Christian world view), Christian Family, OT survey, World Religion – Islam, Homiletics.
Praise the Lord for the outreach to the village of Mangasta last week. Workers showed the Luke Film in Kisandawe. Lift up those who heard the gospel in this village- pray the evil one will not snatch away the gospel seeds, but that many will believe. Mangasta is 100% Sandawe, with a lot of Muslim influence. A breakthrough in this village would be significant to reaching the Sandawe people.