Replies: 2 - Last Post: Nov 18, 2012 1:13 AM Last Post By: Askari
Nov 17, 2012 3:31 PM
Pate IslandDear travellers.
Could anyone who has visited Pate Island in Kenya tell me about its inhabitants? I have read they are ethnically different from the rest of the country, as many are decendants of the Chinese sailors who remained and intermixed with the locals. I would like information such as surnames and Christian names of the inhabitants, their dialect and indeed how they look like.
In advance, thanks to all who cooperate answering my thread.
Nov 17, 2012 7:51 PM
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Nov 18, 2012 1:13 AM
2there were Chinese sailors on Pate Island, the Lamu archipelago in general and there are even traces found on Malindi - but all this is centuries ago. some of the Chinese founded families with African women, but as you can imagine after so many generations their descendents dom´t look particularly Chinese/East Asian any longer. Some families have still heirlooms like a piece of pottery that tells of roots to China, and Chinese archeologist s are researching in the area to find out more about the Chinese heritage at the horn of Africa. But it´s not like they are an isolated, separate ethnic group.
what you should be aware of is that in Kenya alone there are around 40 ethnic groups, some mingle with others, some don´t, but at the coast particular you had over the centuries many people who are stemming from families with ancestors from outside Africa - the Omani oder Yemenite traders who settled at the East African coast, for example. In fact, Swahili has originally been a blend with many Arabic rooted words, the lingua franca of all the people who lived and traded along the East African coast.
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