Tid people

Tid

Tid / Teuso / Ik

200 Tid can be found holed up on top of Natinga Mountain on the southern tip of the Didinga Hills (South Sudan) on the borders with Kenya and Uganda. The environment the Tid inhabit is shrub covered rugged hills with adjoining dry plains and valleys. The areas receive fairly moderate rains.

 

Environment, economy and natural resources

The environment the Tid inhabit is shrub covered rugged hills with adjoining dry plains and valleys. The areas receive fairly moderate rains. Gathering of honey and other wild forest products is the main economic activity of the Tid. The economic potentials are honey, gum arabica.

 

Economy & Society

The Tid is a small community of gatherers. Gathering of honey and other wild forest products is the main economic activity of the Tid. The economic potentials are honey, gum arabica. The Tid speak a language similar to the Ik in Uganda. The Tid are isolated on top of the Natinga Mountain. They neighbour the Didinga, Toposa, Turkana and Dodoth. The lifestyle seldom brings the Tid into contact with and therefore relationship with their neighbours is limited. The Tid are completely isolated and their contact with the South Sudanese State is minimal. The first contact with outsiders was in the context of war which brought displaced people from other ethnic communities into New Kush (early 2000s). Some Tid have descended from Natinga Mountain and are being assimilated into Toposa families thus losing their culture.

 

Culture & Religion

Tid culture evolved and revolves round their principal mode of production – gathering and hunting. It is to be expected that their arts and literature, folklore and stories reflect the social practices of gathering honey, hunting game, etc.

 

Language

The Tid speak a language similar to the Ik in Uganda

 

Culture: arts, music, literature handicrafts

Tid culture evolved and revolves round their principal mode of production – gathering and hunting. It is to be expected that their arts and literature, folklore and stories reflect the social practices of gathering honey, hunting game, etc.

 

Neighbours and foreigners, relations and co-operation

The Tid are isolated on top of the Natinga Mountain. They neighbour the Didinga, Toposa, Turkana and Dodoth . The lifestyle seldom brings the Tid into contact with and therefore relationship with their neighbours is limited.

 

Latest developments

The Tid are completely marginalised and their contact with the state is minimal. The first contact with outsiders was in the context of war which brought displaced people from other ethnic communities into New Kush

 

Diaspora

There is no known Tid community members outside their habitat in Natinga Mountains.

 

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