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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.

Akan   Akuapem   Akye   Anyi   Aowin   Asante   Babanki   Baga   Bali   Bamana   Bamileke  Bamum   Bangubangu   Bangwa   Baule   Beembe   Bembe   Berber   Bidyogo   Bobo   Bushoong   Bwa   Chokwe   Dan   Diamande   Dogon   Eket   Fang   Fante   Fon   Frafra   Fulani   Hausa   Hemba   Holoholo   Ibibio   Idoma   Igbira   Igbo   Ijo   Kabre   Karagwe   Kassena   Katana   Kom   Kongo   Kota   Kuba   Kusu   Kwahu   Kwere



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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African Christianity in Kongo | Special Topics Page | Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art __ "In 1491, King Nzinga converted to Christianity of his own free will, urging the Kongo nobility and peasant classes to follow suit. To varying degrees, the Kongo kingdom remained Christian for the next 200 years." History, map and a couple of images. - illustrated - From Metropolitan Museum of Art - http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/acko/hd_acko.htm

Kongo __ "the Kongo occupy the region at the mouth of the Congo River. Numerous subgroups go to form the vast Kongo cultural complex, among which are the Vili, the Woyo and the Yombe. These tribes produce a diversity of artistic styles, with Kongo art being one of the best known." - From zyama.com - http://www.zyama.com/kongo/pics..htm 

Kongo __ An encyclopedic article about the Kongo Empire and people with links to related materials. - from Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kongo

The Kongo of Angola __ "The homeland of the Kongo in Angola is the tropical savannas of Northern Angola. Uige would be the most central city. The region is made up mainly of the Zaire, Cabinda and Uige provinces of Angola. Because of the civil war Kongo people are scattered throughout Angola; however, their population is still concentrated in the North West provinces." You will fin location, history and customs. - From cesa.imb.org - http://cesa.imb.org/TheRegion/Angola/this_month's_focus.htm

Kongo ( Kituba ) Language Page __ An overview and demographic information about Kongo speakers. - From Michigan State University - http://www.isp.msu.edu/AfrLang/Handbook/Kongo_root.htm  

Kongo People __ "The Kongo peoples migrated into their current location during the 13th century from the northeast under the leadership of Wene. In 1482 the Portuguese arrived on the coast, and the Kongo began diplomatic relations which included sending Kongo nobles to visit the royal assemblage in Portugal in 1485. Kongo leaders were targeted for conversion by Christian missionaries, and often divisions between followers of Christianity and followers of the traditional religions resulted." 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/Kongo.html 


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