Introduction / History
The Piapung people are located in Mikang Local Government Area (L.G.A) of Plateau state, in Nigeria. They say their ancestors migrated from Tehl, Tal, Chip (Miship), Koenoem, and Jukun groups, and settled in Piapung. They are estimated to be about 16,500.
The Piapung live in 39 villages. They are blessed with many rivers, but that means it is difficult to travel through the communities, particularly during rainy season. The absence of bridges across the rivers makes the condition more disturbing.
The title of their traditional chief is called 'Long Mapai '. One of their major cultural festival is known as 'dek' (Piapung Day). On the eve of the festival, men are expected to go for hunting in preparation for the celebration. People dance and masquerades in their traditional attire are displayed.
The people also display their local dishes (gwai nami). They also invite their neighbouring communities whom they recognize as their relations. This celebration is also used to raise funds for the community.
They are subsistence farmers. They grow millet, guinea corn, corn and maize. They also hunt and trade.
Scripture Prayers for the Payung in Nigeria.