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.
About the Remarkable Khoi and San people of South
Africa __ "Together they are often called the "Khoisan", a term
that has been used to describe their broad similarity in cultural and
biological origins. It is derived from the names "Khoi" and "San"."
You will find a colorful look at these people. - illustrated - From
African Tribes - Bushmen/- San People __ "The 'Bushmen'
are the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa, where they have lived for at
least 20,000 years. Their home is in the vast expanse of the Kalahari desert."
A general overview. - From africaguide.com -
Bushmen __ "The Bushmen, San, Sho, Basarwa, Kung or
Khwe are indigenous people of southern Africa that spans most areas of South
Africa, Zimbabwe , Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, and
Angola." You will find an encyclopedic article with links to related
topics. - illustrated - From wikipedia -
Bushmen Driven From Ancestral Lands in Botswana __ "Few are left of the many
San who once roamed southern Africa, for a period believed to go back at least
20,000 years. Their sad fate has recently been brought starkly to mind by a furore that has erupted over the removal of two small remaining communities from
Botswana's sprawling Central Kalahari Game Reserve." Read the whole story. -
From National Geographic Society -
San Bushman and Rock Art Paintings of South Africa __
"The San Bushman Tribe of the Darkensberg Mountains in southern Africa. San
Bushman Rock Art paintings and cave painting art of Southern Africa" -
illustrated - From bradshawfoundation.com -
San People __ "The term San is commonly used by scholars to refer to a
diverse group of foragers living in southern Africa who share historical and
linguistic connections. This same group of people was formerly referred to as
"Bushmen," but this term has since been abandoned because it is considered
racist and sexist." You will find material related to art, culture, history,
religion, political structure and more. - From University of Iowa -
Tribes of Africa, NamibiaThe Bushmen (San) __ "The 45.000 San, one of the
most intriguing people in this world, are the region's earliest inhabitants (it
is estimated that they have been living here for the last 30,000 years)and are
still settled in many parts of southern Africa where game and veld food used to
be plentiful more than three centuries ago." An overview. - illustrated - From