Kurumba People


Kurumba / Fulse / Lilse / Kouroumba

The Kurumba people live in the north of Burkina Faso.

They cultivate millet and cotton, and rear cattle in the savannah regions. The Kurumba produce a mask headdress in the form of antelope head. The approach is naturalistic, although there is some stylization.

he Kurumba of Burkina Faso are numbering 324,000 (Peoplegroups.org, 2023). They are part of the Gur people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. This people group is only found in Burkina Faso. Their primary language is Koromfé. The primary religion practiced by the Kurumba is animism, a religious worldview that natural physical entities--including animals, plants, and even inanimate objects--possess a spiritual essence.

Kurumba People

Their artistic reputation rests on their antelope headdresses which are worn during funeral ceremonies and are believed to represent the soul of the deceased.