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Africa, African Anthropology - General Resources


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By peoples L through Z  go to A through K  


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.

Laka   Lega   Lobi   Luba   Luchazi   Luluwa   Lunda   Luvale   Lwalwa  Maasai  Makonde   Mambila   Mangbetu   Manja   Mbole   Mende   Mitsogo   Mossi   Mumuye  Ngbaka   Nkanu   Nok   Nuna   Oron  Owo   Pende   Pokot   Punu   San   Senufo   Shambaa   Shona   Songo   Songye   Suku   Swahili   Tabwa   Tuareg   Urhobo  We  Wimiama   Wodaabe   Wolof   Woyo   Wum   Yaka   Yombe   Yoruba   Zaramo   Zulu



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.

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Grade Eight Social Studies: Unit One __ You will find a lesson plan dealing with various cultures including a handout and general information about the Pokot people. Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From Saskatchewan Learning - http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/midlsoc/gr8/81handouts.html#P1465_72331

Introduction to Africa--the Pokot people in Kenya __ "The inhabitants of West Pokot are Pokot Peoples. About one quarter of Pokot are cultivators ("corn people" Pi Pa Pax), while the remaining are pastoralists ..." Some general information in the form of photos. - illustrated - From rikkyo.ne.jp - http://www.rikkyo.ne.jp/~z5000002/kenya/pokot/z-pokot/pokot-index-z.htm

Pokot People __ "Most Pokot art is associated with body ornamentation, including beadwork and intricate coiffures and wigs that are worn by young men to signal their membership in a given age-grade. Other forms of art include richly patinated gourds and containers used by women for storage." 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/Pokot.html

Small arms in Africa: Counting the cost of gun violence __ "The dry rolling plains of northern Kenya seem an unlikely place for an arms race. But in less than a generation the pastoral Pokot people and their neighbours have gone from protecting their herds with spears to outfitting their young men with cheap, reliable and deadly automatic rifles from the war zones of Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan." Learn about the impact on Pokot culture and society. - illustrated - From United Nations - http://www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/afrec/vol15no4/154arms.htm 


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