Reviewed Resources for Students and
African Anthropology - General
peoples A through K
go to L through Z
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.
Chokwe Mask History __ "The history traditonal and tribal significance of
African masks from the Chokwe tribe in the Congo" - illustrated - from
Chokwe People __ "Chokwe origin can perhaps be traced to the Mbundu and Mbuti
Pygmies. Between 1600 and 1850 they were under considerable influence from the
Lunda states and were centrally located in Angola. In the second half of the
19th century though, considerable development of the trade routes between the
Chokwe homelands and the Angolan coast led to increased trade of ivory and
rubber." You will find material related to history, culture, art, political
structure and more. - From University of Iowa -
__ "The hyphenated category Lunda-Chokwe constituted an
estimated 8 percent of the Angolan population in 1988. As the hyphenation
implies, the category comprises at least two subsets, the origins of which are
known to be different and the events leading to their inclusion in a single set
are recent." A good essay. - From Library of Congress -
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