Most of the iteso have grown up in diversity and can hardly know their clan and it’s origin. Some barely know the name of their clans.
In this article, we bring your the special editions of your clan background checks and origins.
Interestingly, there are only Six main clans in Teso. These however have kept splitting for one reason and the other to create the sub clans with the same origin.
- The Irarak
IKARIBWOK: This clan is also referred to as ‘Ikaruok’ or ‘Ikarebuok’. These are battle-hardened warriors or fighters. Their brave and brilliant skills in battles made them the army to provide security for the Iteso. The word ‘ikaruok’ refers to people who make sounds of victory after winning a battle. This clan is the largest clan among the Iteso.
THE IRARAK: From the time the ITUNGA left Ethiopia (Abyssinia) these people were gatherers (ikerarak) of wild fruits and highly skilled animal hunters to feed the Iteso. Their great father was called Ojuruta who was a well-known hunting trainer. Their women, too, were great in fishing. Members of this clan are the ones commonly found telling stories about fruit gathering and hunting. This is the second-largest clan among the Iteso.
IKATEKOK: These people are good at mediating (aitikokin or aipur) conflicts between people, families and clans over land, waters, pasture, etc. and administration. So, the word ‘ikatekok’ come from the Atesot word ‘aitikokin’. Being good mediators, they also became good administrators who ensured discipline and conformity to the cultural norms of the Iteso and punished errant members. This is the third-largest clan among the Iteso.
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IKOMOLO: The name ‘Omolo’ is common among the Luo tribes (Acholi, Lango, Jopadhola, Jaluo of Kenya). The Ikomolo are children resulting from intermarriage between the Iteso and the Luo. That is why they are called Ikomolo (child of Omolo). They are people well-known for cursing. That is why we hear of some of them called Ikomolo ‘Amug’/’Ituol’ (Ikomolo who do not want to see live gourds in their live plants). When they see this gourd, it will wither and dry up, unless they knock on one of the gourds and they select one to be owned by them.
INOMU: These are the strong traditional medicine men and women of the Iteso. To date, the Inonu still practice traditional medicine, especially orthopaedic treatment. They are the Iteso orthopaedists to whom people with sprains, fractures and muscle pains go for massage and bone fixing. They are experts in all wild medicinal plants and their parts that treat a range of ailments. But their main speciality is orthopaedics. That is why some of them are referred to as ‘Inonu Ikariok’ or ‘Inonu Ariok’ – meaning ‘Inomu’ the people who mend fractured bones and sprained joints and muscles. This means that they had a big role to play in treating the Iteso fighters who got wounded or injured in battles.
IGORIA: Igoria is the name of a small bird called a hooded finch in English. This bird is smart, humble, and organized. They make smart and nice nests. The women of this clan are experts in thatching grass huts. In the same way, Iteso of the Igoria clan is good architect and builder. They are equally very good at crafts and making furniture.
Source: Iteso Clans Directory – Atekerin Nuka Iteso (First Edition