Date: January 31, 2020
Tracing the origin of the people of the present-day Tumu, the Sissala East Municipal capital, Mr. Mohammed Luri Kanton said the forefathers of ‘Tumulo’ [the people of Tumu] had split and migrated from Kaha in the present-day Northern region in the 16th Century.
According to him, the ‘Tumulo’, at the time, left Kaha because of a quarrel they had among themselves over a dog head after it was used to sacrifice to the gods. “The said dog head was reserved for a younger brother who was not present at the time of the sacrifice, and this gave cause to the squabbles among the brothers – leading to a split of the family”, Mr. Mohammed L. Kanton added.
Recounting the migration story he says “Kputabakabein, a great hunter led one of the split groups of the family members to migrate from Kaha for a new settlement.” He continued and said the group went through Nyangani, Yakaba, Nangruma to Karaga, where they stayed for a while before setting off again.
He described the journey undertook by the forefathers at the time as very dangerous because it was marred by “unprovoked attacks”.
The group again left Karaga and traveled to Wakale-gyan, located between Bawisibelle and Nabulo. Kputabakbein was succeeded by Kusun after he passed on while on the journey. The group having spent some time at Wakale-gyan left again under the leadership of Kusun to move to Yigantu. While at Yigantu, they befriended and became allies with the people of Dolibizon, a village very close to Yigantu, and according to Mr. Mohammed L. Kanton, up to date that friendship is still being shared and upheld by the present day ‘Tumulo’ and the people of Dolibizon.
In search of a place to settle peacefully to farm and hunt, however, the group again left Yigantu and went to Jikpein which is about 3 miles away from present-day Tumu. The group after settling begun to farm and hunt to areas in the North-West of Jikpein and other places around the present day of Tumu.
While at Yigantu engaging in their activities, the group further explored and found a very good source of water at the present day Tumu and decided to shift a little bit [tuugo-mu] to get closer to it, which eventually the group’s permanent place of settlement. Mr. Mohammed L. Kanton has disclosed that the water source that caused the shifting has, today, become the present-day Tumu dam.
Mr. Mohammed L. Kanton was speaking during a public lecture organized yesterday, January 30, 2020, at Tumu Senior High Technical school auditorium as part of the Centenary celebration of Kuoro Wogorei Kanton II and the Tumu Chiefdom.
HOW ‘TUMULO’ BECAME A CROW CLAN (TOTEM)
Meanwhile, Mr. Mohammed l. Kanton also narrated that “one day whiles the group was still on their journey to find a suitable place to settle, they became tired due to the long-distance covered (characterized by) sleepless nights and therefore decided to rest under a huge tree. Suddenly, everyone fell as sleep (while) a crow [on the big tree] was petting on a dry (stick) directly [below] the leader, Kputabakabein [who] was lying on his back became frightened due to an approaching enemy army [which caused the crow] to sprang off the dry [stick] causing it to break and landed directly on the leader’s chest. He [then] woke up to notice the coming army as well as the fleeing crow. He quickly woke up his people and they managed to escape unhurt”. Feeling immensely grateful and indebted to the crow, “the leader quickly decreed to his people that from hence neither they nor their descendants should ever eat or harm the crow as a form of appreciation for saving their lives”.