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Quioco (Chokwe) People

Updated on August 14, 2013
Quioco / Chokwe
Quioco / Chokwe | Source

For the letter Q of the people from Africa that I have been sharing in order alphabetic; I will share the Quioco people also known as Chokwe.

It is very interesting the fact of how the names are changed by their linguistic formations. This tribe name (as many others) has several ways of spelling and pronouncing. For this tribe the variant for their name is spelled: Ciokwe, or Cokwe. The pronunciation will also be Tchokwe. They are also known as Baiokwe and Badiok.

Who are the Quioco / Chokwe people?

The Quioco / Chokwe are Bantu-speaking people. These people are a mixture of many aboriginal peoples and conquering groups of Lunda origin. Their origin has been traced to the Mbundu and Mbuti Pygmies.

During the 19th century the wealth acquired from the increased trade of ivory, wax, and rubber led their kingdom to expand. The disintegration of their power was the result of the effects of expansionist, disease, and colonialism

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Where are the Quioco / Chokwe people from?

The Quioco / Chokwe people inhabit the Southwestern part of Africa in: the Southern part of Congo from the Kwango River to the Lualaba: Northeastern Angola. Since 1920, they live in the Northwestern corner of Zambia and now also living in Mozambique.

How do the Quioco / Chokwe people live?

I will list in this section some interesting facts of the way the Quioco / Chokwe people live.

  • Their homelands are in woodlands savanna intersected with rain-forest strips along the rivers, swamps, and marshlands.
  • The members of their society are divided into two categories: descended from founding matrilineal lines and the descended from former enslaved populations.
  • They do not recognize a paramount leader, but local chiefs known as: mwana nganga.
  • A committee of elders and ritual specialists are available before a decision is made.
  • The family headmen govern the division of their villages.

How do the Quioco / Chokwe people communicate?

The Quioco / Chokwe people communicate with a language known as Wuchokwe, also identified as their name Chokwe. This language belongs to the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo languages.

Many of them speak their country's official language:

  • English (in Zambia)
  • French (in Congo)
  • Portuguese (in Angola and Mozambique)

How do the Quioco / Chokwe people survive?

The Quioco / Chokwe people live by growing:

  1. manioc
  2. cassava
  3. yams
  4. peanuts
  5. tobacco
  6. hemp
  7. maize

Their domestic livestock includes:

  1. sheep
  2. goats
  3. chickens
  4. pigs


Quioco / Chokwe musical instrument
Quioco / Chokwe musical instrument

What characteristics define the Quioco / Chokwe people?

The Quioco / Chokwe people, as all of us, have identifiable characteristic marked by each culture. I will list some of :

  • They recognize Kalunga, the god of creation and supreme power, and a series of nature and ancestral spirits known as mahamba.
  • They produce art objects to celebrate and validate the royal court, such as: carved stools and chairs used as thrones.
  • Initiation ceremonies for young girls were proceeded with masks, as well as for other ceremonies..
  • The attribute of the Lamellaphone instrument in their music.

Quioco / Chokwe art

Quioco / Chokwe people mask
Quioco / Chokwe people mask | Source

We, the people

We, the people are totally interesting creations of God. In the African people, this creation is distinguished very clear in my heart. Writing this hub, in my search, a mystery of one of my African collection was uncovered. The photo to the side is an art given to me, but I was unable to know from where it originated from. Now with no doubt I know that I have an art from the Quioco / Chokwe people.

Nine more African people are on the way in this series. I think it is such an enjoyment to expand our neighboring acknowledgments. You are welcome to visit Lastheart's HubPages to find out about them.

Blessings to all!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

"Here am I. Send me!"

© 2013 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill


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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Froggy213 you are a sweet heart lifting me up! Africa is our destiny...ok, ok, ok...after we take care of some things.

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      Greg Boudonck 4 years ago from Will soon return to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Another great African tribe hub. This has been a great niche for you. Voted up and sharing honey.