- Eastern Lunda
The Lunda people of the
Luapula Rivervalley in Zambiaand DR Congoare called by others the "Eastern Lunda" to distinguish them from the 'western' Lunda people who remained in the heartland of the former Lunda Kingdom, but they themselves would use "Kazembe-Lunda" or Luunda with an elongated 'u' to make that distinction. (The name 'Lunda' may also be spelled Luunda).
The Eastern Lunda migrated in the 18th Century to their current area under the leader Mwata Kazembe. Their neighbours in northern Zambia to whom they are allied, the Bemba, did so at the same time, and the Eastern Lunda took on the
Bemba languagein place of the Chilunda, their original language. Their (western) Lunda compatriots in the North-Western Provinceof Zambia still speak Chilunda however.
See the Wikipedia entry for
Kazembefor history, geography and culture of the Eastern Lunda.
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