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.
Punu Mask History __ "The mask represents the spirit of an ancestor
and is commonly found throughout western and central Gabon. The white
face represents the soul of an ancestor. The beautiful hairstyle is a
common feature among the Punu women. In some cases scarification on
foreheads are clearly visible." History, culture - illustrated - from
Punu People __ "The most common types of objects found are carved masks,
which have been stylistically compared to Japanese art. They also carve standing
reliquary figures, which watch over the bones of the deceased." You will find
material related to art, culture, history, religion, political structure and
more. - From University of Iowa -