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.
Egbe Omo Yoruba: National Association of Yoruba Descendants in North
America __ Learn about this organization and its activities. - From yorubanation.org -
Oduduwa Heritage Organization __ "This is the website of Oduduwa Heritage
Organization. We are a cultural group of the Yoruba people based in the San
Francisco/Oakland Bay Area." Learn about the organization, scholarship
information, culture, events and more. - From oho.org -
__ An overview of Yoruba history and culture. "The Yoruba people live
in Southwest Nigeria and Benin. They have developed a variety of different
artistic forms including pottery, weaving, beadwork, metalwork, and mask making.
Most artwork is made to honor the gods and ancestors and since there are more
then 401 known gods to the Yoruba there is much sculpture and artwork made.
Because of the vastness in the number of gods, the Yoruba have been compared to
the ancient Greeks in the amount of gods and in the similarities between the
structures of the gods." - illustrated - From The Africa Guide -
Yoruba History Page __ "The Yoruba People, of whom there are more than
twenty-five million, occupy the southwestern corner of Nigeria along the Dahomey
border and extends into Dahomey itself. To the east and north the Yoruba culture
reaches its approximate limits in the region of the Niger River. However
ancestral cultures directly related to the Yoruba once flourished well north of
the Niger." A general overview. - From cultural-expressions.com -
Yoruba King: Yoruba Crown -Symbol of Power __ "The most important part of a
Yoruba king's regalia (costume or clothing) is the crown (ade in Yoruba). the
beaded fringe shields the face of the ruler, not only to hide his identity, but
also to protect the viewer from the power of the king's direct gaze." - A
paragraph describing the king's regalia. - illustrated - from princetonol.com -
The Yoruba Page __ A website: "To cherish, uphold, and project the honor and
dignity of Yoruba culture, language and tradition in Africa and the Diaspora."
You will find information and resources. - From yoruba.org -
__ "The arts of the Yoruba are as numerous as their deities,
and many objects are placed on shrines to honor the gods and the ancestors.
Beautiful sculpture abounds in wood and brass and the occasional terracotta.
Varied masking traditions have resulted in a great diversity of mask forms.
Additional important arts include pottery, weaving, beadworking and
metalsmithing." You will find material related to art, culture, history,
religion, political structure and more. - From University of Iowa -