Reviewed Resources for Students and Teachers
Africa, African Anthropology - General Resources
By peoples A through K go to L through Z
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.
Hausa __ An overview of Hausa history and culture. "The Hausa Culture is located mostly in northwestern Nigeria and parts of southwestern Niger they call Hausaland. There are several large cities around Hausaland. The population is the largest in West Africa consisting of over 20 million because of their intermarriages and constant interaction with different peoples. While most of the Hausa live in Hausaland, some of the people are found scattered from West Africa all the way to the Congo Republic settled temporarily as traders or sometimes even permanently." - From Minnesota State University - http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/oldworld/africa/hausa.html
Hausa Folk-lore Index __ You will find many click-to-read tales and legends of the Hausa. - From sacred-texts.com - http://www.sacred-texts.com/afr/hausa/index.htm
Hausa Language Page __ Overview and demographics of Hausa speakers - From Michigan State University - http://www.isp.msu.edu/AfrLang/Handbook/Hausa_root.htm
Hausa People __ "Origin myths among the Hausa claim that their founder, Bayajidda, came from the east in an effort to escape his father. He eventually came to Gaya, where he employed some blacksmiths to fashion a knife for him. With his knife he proceeded to Daura where he freed the people from the oppresive nature of a sacred snake who guarded their well and prevented them from getting water six days out of the week." You will find material related to history, culture, political structure and more. - From University of Iowa - http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart/toc/people/Hausa.html
Hausa People __ An encyclopedia entry with links to related materials. - from wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hausa_people
Society-HAUSA __ A history of the Hausa people. "The Hausa consist of the Hausa-speaking, Muslim population of Northern Nigeria and the adjacent areas of Niger, which have traditionally been organized into large, centralized states. Originally, the name "Hausa" referred only to the language of the Habe people of this area, who were organized into 7 independent but closely related states called Biram, Daura, Kano, Katsina, Gobir, Rano, and Zazzau or Zaria." - from Ethnographic Atlas - http://lucy.ukc.ac.uk/EthnoAtlas/Hmar/Cult_dir/Culture.7844
UCLA Hausa Home Page __ "Welcome to the UCLA Hausa Home Page, with information on the Hausa language and links to other sites that have information on the language and on Hausa culture." - From UCLA - http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/aflang/Hausa/