peoples of Africa are often described in terms of their ethnic
background or their languages. There are several thousand ethnic groups in Africa, ranging in physical stature from the short Pygmies to the tall Maasai, each with its own cultural traditions.
Here are only a few of them.
note: Some of the peoples
and associations presented here are so closely related that more than
one topic heading may apply. For example, The Akan people are
given a page of their own, yet the Asante ( Ashanti ) are also an Akan
people, as are the Akuapem. So, a full search for the 'Akan' may
involve looking at pages dedicated to sub-groups as well. Some
sub-group pages may contain only a link or two, but they are still part
of a much larger picture.
You will find a similar relationship among some of other peoples
listed here. This is a case where a little advanced knowledge of
the subject may be an advantage when using these pages.
African Tribes - Bobo People __ "The Bobo peple have lived in western
Burkina Faso and Mali for centuries. They are known for their masks
which are worn with elaborate outfits for celebrations. Primarily
agricultral people they also cultivate cotton which they use to trade
with others." A brief look at these people. - illustrated - From
Bobo People __"Farming among the Bobo is of primary importance. Agricultural
activity is not merely a way of providing for subsistance among the Bobo, it is
the essential component of their day-to-day existence. The major food crops are
red sorghum, pearl millet, yams, and maize." You will find information related
to art, culture, history, political structure and more. - From University of
__ "The Bobo people of Africa are located in the western part of
the country Burkina Faso. The population of the Bobo is slightly over 100,000
people. The Bobo have lived in the western region for centuries. Some believe
they have been settled in the area since as far back as 800 A.D." An overview of
these people. - From Minnesota State University -