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Wana Tribe, The Oldest Tribe in The Morowali Interior of Central Sulawesi

 


The Wana tribe or To Wana tribe is among the oldest tribes in Sulawesi, allegedly one of the first tribes to inhabit the mainland of Sulawesi.

INDEPHEDIA.com - The Wana tribe is an inland tribe in the Morowali forest, Central Sulawesi Province, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. This tribe is also called Tau Taa Wana which means "people who live in the forest". However, they also like to call themselves Tau Taa, or "Taa people". The Wana tribe speaks Taa.

The Wana or To Wana tribe is among the oldest tribes in Sulawesi, thought to be one of the first tribes to inhabit the mainland of Sulawesi, which has existed in Sulawesi thousands of years ago in the Mezolithicum era.

Before now inhabiting the Tokala Mountains region, the ancestors of the Wana people were thought to have originated from around the Gulf of Bone. Suku Wana, a native in the Wana Bulang area in the Morowali Regency area.

The word lipu is the vocabulary for the smallest social unit in the Wana tribe, which usually consists of several families, and on average all have blood relations (direct descent). Lots of lipu are scattered in the Tokala Mountains and even very difficult to get a certain amount.

Their settlements are generally found in Mamosolato, Petasia, and Soyojaya Subdistricts, and are also found in rural areas in Luwuk Banggai District. They live from forest products, shifting fields and hunting. Currently, the population of the Wana Tribe is estimated to be only hundreds of people in Morowali, Central Sulawesi. (BD.IN/ENG/R-01)

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