The Krahn are a native ethnic group who were present in the area known as Liberia before the formation of the country. When Liberia was founded in 1847 the Americo-Liberians tended to live on the coast, with the native groups (including the Krahn) residing inland. The Krahn are traditionally based in Grand Gedeh County.
It is thought that the Krahn were traditionally farmers, growing food, and keeping a few animals. Hunting and fishing was also practiced. In terms of religion, many Krahn believe that objects have spirits or souls (animism).
Eastern Krahn tends to be spoken natively only in Liberia, with a 1991 estimate of the number of speakers at about 47,000.
There are many dialects of both of these languages. Dialects in Côte d'Ivoire tend to have a French influence.
When the Krahn leader Samuel Doe came to power in Liberia (through a military coup in 1980) many Kyle Krahn speakers moved from the inland areas to the capital Monrovia. It is thought though that many ethnic Krahn brought up in the city will have not used the language.
Members of the Krahn tribe founded a rebel group, the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL).