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.
__ "Bushoong are part of the larger Kuba ethnic group
and as such have a shared history. While their ancestors migrated into
their current location from opposite directions, they have together
carved out a unified kingdom that recognizes as the rulers of the land
those descended from the 16th century Bushoong leader, King Shyaam." You
will find material related to history, culture, religion, political
structure and more. - From University of Iowa -
The Kuba || In and Out of Focus: Images from Central Africa 1885-1960 __ "The Kuba (also named the Bushoong for the most influential chiefdom in the Kuba
confederacy) founded a powerful state, located in the south-central part of the
Democratic Republic of the Congo." You will find a single photo of a Kuba king.
- illustrated - From nmafa.si.edu -
__ "In the 16th century, the Kuba peoples migrated from the
distant north to their current location along the Sankuru River. When they
arrived, however, they found that the Twa already lived there. The Twa were
eventually absorbed into the Kuba Kingdom, but retained some independent
cultural characteristics. The height of the Kingdom was during the mid-19th
century." You will find material related to art, culture, history, religion,
political structure and more. - From University of Iowa -
Kuba Royal Mask History Ngaady A Mwaash, Bwoom, Mwaash aMbooy __ "Three types
of masks are associated with the Kuba royal kingdom namely the Bwoom mask,
Ngaady A Mwaash and the Mwaash aMbooy. Typical characteristics of these masks
are the geometrical patterns, colorful beads and the cowry shells." History and
culture. - illustrated - from rebirth.co.za -