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.
The Kamusi Project -- The Internet Living Swahili Dictionary __ "The Internet
Living Swahili Dictionary is a collaborative work by people all over the world.
Together we are working to establish new dictionaries of the Swahili language -
Kiswahili - both within Swahili and between Swahili and English. We are
preparing print-based dictionaries and multi-media computer applications, all
accessible to you through this home page." You will find slide shows, history
and more - illustrated - From Yale University -
Swahili coast __ A Swahili culture rich site including news, music, articles and
more. Plug-ins needed for some features. - illustrated - From mwambao.com -
Swahili Culture __ An extensive site covering many aspects of Swahili culture
and history. - illustrated - From swahili.ca - http://www.swahili.ca/culture.html
Swahili - Kiswahili __ A page focusing on the Swahili culture and language.
Background, links and tips for learning Swahili. - illustrated - From Jacob
Swahili People __ "The inhabitants of the coastal areas of Kenya, Tanzania,
and Mozambique share history, language, and cultural traditions, which some
Swahili scholars claim date to at least 100 A.D., when an anonymous Greek
traveler and author of The Periplus of the Erytharaean Sea wrote about a place
in east Africa, which Arabs frequented to trade with those living on the
mainland." You will find material related to art, culture, history, religion,
political structure and more. - From University of Iowa -
Zanzibar Swahili Culture __ "Zanzibaris speak Swahili (known locally as
Kiswahili), a language which is spoken extensively in East Africa...Many believe
that the purest form is spoken in Zanzibar as it is the birth place of the
language." Learn about the language, music, history and current events. -
illustrated - From zanzibarmagic.com -