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Africa, African Anthropology - General Resources


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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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Dogon __ An overview of Dogon history and culture. "The Dogon are a cliff-dwelling people who live in Southeastern Mali and Burkina Faso. Among the people groups in Africa they are unique in that they have kept and continued to develop their own culture even in the midst of Islamic invasions which have conquered and adapted many of the current people groups" - illustrated - From The Africa Guide -

Dogon Creation Story __ Learn the Dogon creation myth as told in this essay about creation stories in general. You will also find interesting information about other creation stories. - From Jason Wotherspoon - 


Dogon Equestrian Figures __ "A common theme of ancestral figure among the Dogon is the Equestrian. Some of these found date from the 10th to 13th century." An overview of this art form. - illustrated - From - 

Dogon Mask (Kananga) Kanaga and Walu - Mali __ Learn the meaning of masks as well as a bit of history and culture. - illustrated - From - 

Dogon - Nommo - Amphibious Gods __ "The religious beliefs of the Dogon are enormously complex and knowledge of them varies greatly within Dogon society. Dogon religion is defined primarily through the worship of the ancestors and the spirits whom they encountered as they slowly migrated from their obscure ancestral homelands to the Bandiagara cliffs." You can learn more about Dogon religion as well as culture and history. - illustrated - From - 

Dogon People __ An encyclopedia article with links to related materials. - illustrated - From Wikipedia - 

Dogon People __ "Early history is informed by oral traditions, which claim that the Dogon originated from the west bank of the Niger River (10th to 13th centuries). They emigrated west to northern Burkino Faso, where local histories describe them as kibsi. Around 1490, they fled a region now known as the northern Mossi kingdom of Yatenga when it was invaded by Mossi calvary." You will find information related to history, religion, political structure, art and more. - From University of Iowa -

Society-DOGON __ A good review of Dogon culture and history. "The Dogon are an ethnic group located mainly in the administrative districts of Bandiagara and Douentza in Mali, West Africa. Their territory extends from approximately lat. 13 1/2 degrees-15 degrees N by long. 1 1/2-4 degrees W. This area is composed of three quite distinct topographical regions: the plain, the cliffs, and the plateau. Within these regions the Dogon population of about 250,000 (ca. 1965) is most heavily concentrated along a 90-mile stretch of escarpment called the Cliffs of Bandiagara. This provides a rather spectacular physical setting for villages built up on the sides of the escarpment." - By Marlene M. Martin and Robert O. Lagace -

Unique Dogon Culture Survives in West Africa __ "Hidden in the mysterious Bandiagara Cliffs of southern Mali, West Africa, live a people who claim to be the conduit between heaven and Earth: the people of the Dogon." An overview of Dogon life. - illustrated - From National Geographic Society - 


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