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The Lost Luhya Tribe

Many Ugandans are unaware that the Bagwere who occupy the district of Pallisa in eastern Uganda are a tribe from Bantu ethnic group of people.  Most people from other parts of Uganda have been guilty of mistaking the Bagwere to belong to one of the sub-ethnic groups among the Basoga or even closely linking the Bagwere to the Itesots, all originally found in Eastern Uganda.

The eastern province is also home to the other Luhya tribes of Bagisu or Masaba; cousins to the Ababukusu of Bungoma, Kenya. The Bagwere are mainly cultivators, their popular crops include rice, soy beans, sorghum and ground nuts, as well as cassava and millet (which also double as their staple foods).

This confusion could be a result of their dialect, Lugwere. It has a close resemblance to Lusoga and Luganda. Both these languages are spoken by neighboring tribes to the Bagwere. Lugwere is in some ways similar to some languages in western Uganda. For example, 'musaiza (man) in Lugwere is 'mushiiza in some dialects spoken in western Uganda. The Luruuli spoken by Baruuli in Central Uganda is also similar to Lugwere. More>>>

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