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.
Akan Golden Weights __ "The Akan Gold Weights can be seen as classic
representations of the depth and dimensions of African material culture.
The weights are symbols of conventionalized reflections, each weight
signifying specific meanings." A brief look. - illustrated - From
Akan People __ "Among the Akan-speaking peoples of southern Ghana and
adjacent Côte d'Ivoire ritual pottery and figurative terracottas are
used in connection with funeral practices that date at least to the
1600s. Much of what we know about ancient Akan customs comes to us in
the form of oral histories which have survived for several hundred
years." For now, this site has a brief overview of Akan history only. -
From University of Iowa -
__ "The Akan people
are a linguistic group of West Africa. This group includes the Akuapem,
the Akyem, the Ashanti, the Baoulé, the Anyi, the Brong, the Fante and
the Nzema peoples of both Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire." An
encyclopedic article with links to related topics. - From wikipedia -
__ "The Akan people
occupy practically the whole of Ghana south and west of the Black Volta.
Historical accounts suggest that Akan groups migrated from the north to
occupy the forest and coastal areas of the south as early as the
thirteenth century. " An overview of the Akan-ashanti people and
their history. - From beepworld.de -
Ghanaian Akan Names __ "Akan is a language mostly spoken
in southern Ghana. In Akan one of the names a person is given depends on
his or her day of the week of birth, and the person's gender.
Consequently there are only fourteen of these Akan names." Learn what
your name would be. - from MIM -