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.
__ "During the 16th century, the Songye migrated from the
Shaba area, which is now the southern part of the Democratic Republic of
the Congo. Their history is closely linked to the Luba's, to whom the
Songye are related through common ancestors. Having waged war against
one another for a long time, the Songye and Luba later formed an
alliance to fight the Arabs." An overview of the Songye and their
history. - illustrated - From zyama.com -
Songye People __ "Songye origins are shared with the Luba through a common
mythical Songye ancestor known as Kongolo, who can be traced through lineages to
the 16th century. The linguistic traditions of these neighboring peoples are
intertwined as well. It is believed that the founders of the Songye emerged from
the lake region in Shaba province to the south in the heart of the Luba
homeland." You will find material related to art, culture, history, religion,
political structure and more. - From University of Iowa -
Songye tribe Kifwebe Mask __ Masks, a bit of history and culture, but most
importantly, some information about how the Songye have been effected by modern
conflicts. - illustrated - From rebirth.co.za -