Pokot Kalenjin in Uganda

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Introduction / History

The Pokoot were once considered part of the Kalenjin people who were highland Nilotic people who originated in southern Ethiopia and migrated southward into Kenya as early as 2,000 years ago. Though the Pokoot consider themselves to be one people, they are basically divided into two sub-groups based on livelihood. About half of the Pokoot are semi-nomadic, semi-pastoralists who live in the lowlands west and north of Kapenguria and throughout Kacheliba Division and Nginyang Division, Baringo District. These people herd cattle, sheep, and goats and live off the products of their stock. The other half of the Pokoot are agriculturalists who live anywhere conditions allow farming.

The homestead is the social center for the Pokoot. Here a man lives with his wives, each having their own hut. All members of the family live here and the stock is corralled here at night. The man of the family rules the homestead, telling the others what duties they are to perform.

The position of women in Pokoot society is weak. A woman has no voice in any public forums and no authority within her own homestead. She is considered "foolish", like the cows for which she is traded.

Illness and death are greatly feared among the Pokoot. Death is the end of life and there is no after life. Therefore, life is most important and is precious to the Pokoot. Much of their religious ritual is involved in warding off illness or in effecting cures.

The majority of the Pokoot still follow their traditional religion. Some of Pokoot are Christians but the majority are traditionalists. Even among the Christians, the traditional religion worldview is still dominant.

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People Name General Kalenjin, Pokot
People Name in Country Kalenjin, Pokot
Natural Name Pokot Kalenjin
Population this Country 1,020,000
Population all Countries 1,155,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Eastern Suk; Western Suk
People ID 14428
ROP3 Code 108091
Country Uganda
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Nakapiripirit district.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Uganda
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Nakapiripirit district..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Pokoot (1,020,000 speakers)
Language Code pko   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Pokoot (1,020,000 speakers)
Language Code pko   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pokoot

Primary Language:  Pokoot

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1936-1991)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1967-1987)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2009)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Pokoot
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
General Bible for Children
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Pokoot
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Pokoot
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 12.00 %)
48.00 %
Ethnic Religions
51.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
40.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
45.0 %
Photo Source Gary Glahn 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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