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In 1999 UNESCO inscribed Sukur, located in the Mandara mountains of northeast Nigeria, on the World Heritage List. The citation calls it an exceptional landscape illustrating a form of land-use that marks a critical stage in human settlement and its relationship with its environment. The cultural landscape of Sukur is also eloquent testimony to a strong and continuing spiritual and cultural tradition that has endured for many centuries.       Click on the UNESCO document to read relevant sections.

The house of the chief 921419

Sukur is an anomaly among World Heritage sites in that it is virtually unknown beyond its immediate area. This site is being developed to introduce Sukur to the wider world by assembling as much information on its unique society and rich, self-reliant culture as is available in archives, publications, and the data collected by Nic David and Judy Sterner. Other materials, some hopefully contributed by the Sukur themselves, will be added as they become available.

Acknowledgements

The research upon which this web site is founded was supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada in the form of grants to the Mandara Archaeological Project (1984-present). Judy Sterner's fieldwork was funded in part by the School of Oriental and African Studies and the University of London. Branwen Hennig and James Wade contributed photographs, and Ekkehard Wolff and Paul Newman provided wordlists of the Sukur language. We are grateful to the Nigerian Commission for Museums and Monuments and to their staff for permissions and assistance. Our greatest debt is of course to Hidi (chief) Gezik Kanakakaw of Sukur, to his people and to our Sukur assistants, all of whom graciously received us and made our stays at Sukur the supreme fieldwork experiences of our lives. Hanu vena!

We also thank the University of Calgary for its long term support of the Mandara Archaeological Project and for the hosting of this site.

Copyright notice

The material on this website is protected by copyright. Short extracts and up to five images may be freely used by individuals for personal and educational purposes without permission. More extensive use requires permission and fees are charged for commercial use, with the proceeds less expenses going to benefit the people of Sukur. All such requests should be directed to Nicholas David, Archaeology Department, University of Calgary, Calgary AB, Canada T2N 1N4, or by email to .

UNESCO World Heritage document

 

Left: the residence of Chief Gezik Kanakakaw of Sukur in August 1992.

 

 

Sukur's location in Africa Sukur map link

CLICK on the map above and a large scale map of Sukur will open in a new screen. It is a big file that takes time to load. Please KEEP IT OPEN and refer to it as needed while you visit the site.

 

 

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