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Being And Becoming Hausa In Ader

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This chapter focuses on Hausa identity in Ader: how it is represented in local ethnic discourse; how it is performed in distinctive ways of living; and how it can be acquired in the process of becoming Hausa. The changing social implications of ethnicity are illustrated in the chapter with reference to the recent history of the village of Agouloum in the district of Tamaske. A closer look at the history of Agouloums population in the last one hundred and fifty years reveals the presence of multiple ethnicities, which followed separate historical trajectories. The most detailed colonial ethno-historical studies available to us insist that the first inhabitants of Ader were Hausa-speaking Asna. In nineteenth century Ader, Asna groups appear to have moved frequently in patterns of small-scale local migrations, and the remains of subsequent settlements are buried under thin layers of soil.

Keywords: Ader; Asna; ethnicity; Hausa



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