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Africa, African Anthropology - General Resources


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By peoples A through K  go to L through Z


The 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.

Akan Akuapem Akye Anyi Aowin Asante Babanki Baga Bali Bamana Bamileke Bamum Bangubangu Bangwa Baule Beembe Bembe Berber Bidyogo Bobo Bushoong Bwa Chokwe Dan Diamande Dogon Eket Fang Fante Fon Frafra Fulani Hausa Hemba Holoholo Ibibio Idoma Igbira Igbo Ijo Kabre Karagwe Kassena Katana Kom Kongo Kota Kuba Kusu Kwahu Kwere

Please 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.



Igbo Language Page __ An overview and demographics of Igbo speakers. - From Michigan State University - http://www.isp.msu.edu/AfrLang/Handbook/Igbo_root.htm  

Igbo (people) __ An encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igbos

Igbo People __ "It is believed that the Igbo originated in an area about 100 miles north of their current location at the confluence of the Niger and Benue Rivers. They share linguistic ties with their neighbors the Bini, Igala, Yoruba, and Idoma, with the split between them probably occurring between five and six thousand years ago." You will find material related to art, culture, history, religion, political structure and more. - From University of Iowa - http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart/toc/people/Igbo.html 

Igbo People __ An overview of Igbo history and culture. "Igbo people find their home in a rich and fertile crescent created by the lower Niger River within Nigeria. Their population has presently grown to around thirty million people. Within all of Africa, the Igbo homelands are probably one of the most densely populated regions." - From Minnesota State University - http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/oldworld/africa/igbo.html

Igbo Tribal Mask art history and culture __ "African art history - Igbo people from Nigeria, cultural, ceremonial and traditional significance of art." - illustrated - From rebirth.co.za - http://www.rebirth.co.za/Igbo_tribal_art_history_and_culture.htm 

Umunne Cultural Association __ Website of an organization of Igbo speakers living in Minnesota who make efforts to preserve Igbo culture and provide educational materials. - from Umunne Cultural Association - http://www.umunne.org/ 



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