Tiv people are an ethno-linguistic group or ethnic nation in West Africa.

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Most of the language’s Nigerian speakers are found in Benue State of Nigeria. The language is also widely spoken in the Nigerian States of Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa as well as the FCT Abuja. It is part of the Southern Bantoid Tivoid family, a branch of Benue-Congo and ultimately of the Niger-Congo phylum. In precolonial times, the Hausa ethnic group referred to the Tiv ‘Munchi’ a term not accepted by Tiv people. They depend on agricultural produce for commerce and life.

The Tiv people from the middle-belt region of Nigeria in West Africa can be found along Latitude 6 degrees 30 minutes to 8 degrees North and Longitude 8 degrees to 10 degrees East of the equator. The Tiv people are said to have originated from south-central Africa, with over 20 generations recorded from Tiv himself to the present.

LWE410409 Ceremonial gong and stick, Tiv people (Nigeria), c.1960 (iron, paint, wood & leather) by African, (20th century); Collection of the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami; (add.info.: 110.2x25.9x16.3 (bell) and 53.6x2.8 (gong stick); used for calling meetings, and also in war ceremonies and in dances;); Gift of Professor and Mrs. Robert R. Ferens; PERMISSION REQUIRED FOR NON EDITORIAL USAGE; African,  it is possible that some works by this artist may be protected by third party rights in some territories

LWE410409 Ceremonial gong and stick, Tiv people (Nigeria), c.1960 (iron, paint, wood & leather) by African, (20th century); Collection of the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami; (add.info.: 110.2×25.9×16.3 (bell) and 53.6×2.8 (gong stick); used for calling meetings, and also in war ceremonies and in dances;); Gift of Professor and Mrs. Robert R. Ferens; PERMISSION REQUIRED FOR NON EDITORIAL USAGE; African, it is possible that some works by this artist may be protected by third party rights in some territories

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