Nuna people

The Nuna people, or Nunuma, are subgroup of the Gurunsi people in Southern Burkina Faso, estimated 150,000 population, and Ghana. The Nuna are known for their masks.[1] The group speaks the Nuni language.[2]


Nuna art is distinguished in particular by its very colorful masks - red, white and black - statuettes in clay and wood, stools and jewels, generally destined to honor the ancestors.


  1. African and Oceanic Art in Jerusalem: The Israel Museum Collection Douglas Newton - 2001 "The largest subgroup are the Nuna, with the smaller Nunuma, Winiama, Kisena, and Lela on their borders. ... sirigi ("Mother of Masks") of the Dogon, and the karanga masks of the Mossi former kingdom of Yatenga, in northern Burkina Faso."
  2. Studies in Kasem Phonetics and Phonology - Page 19 A. K. Awedoba - 2002 -"... classified by Bendor-Samuel (1971) as 'Northern Grusi' together with three other closely related languages: Nuna or Nuni (also referred to as Nunuma or Nounouma), Lyele and Pana. These, its closest 'cousins', are spoken in Burkina Faso.
  3. Musée du quai Branly
  4. National Museum of African Art
  5. Musée du Louvre, Pavillon des Sessions
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