A member of a people of the upper Niger River valley.
The Mande language of the Bambara, used as a lingua franca in Mali.
A language spoken in Mali by as many as six million people. Fewer numbers of people speak or understand the language, or dialects of it, in Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, and Gambia.
Bambara Sentence Examples
The tribes represented include Jamans, Wongaras and Mandingos (q.v.), some of whom are Moslems. The Mandingos have intermarried largely with the Bambara or Sienuf, an agricultural people of more than average intelligence widely spread over the country, of which they are considered to be the indigenous race.
The Bambara themselves are perhaps only a distinct branch of the original Mandingo stock.
Among the minor exports is that of bambara or sea-slugs, which are sent to Hong-Kong and Singapore.
North of the Lukuga river the main chain throws out into the central zone, in a north-westerly direction, a secondary range known as the Bambara Mountains, which forms one of the boundaries of the Manyema country.