Reviewed Resources for Students and
African Anthropology - General
peoples A through K
go to L through Z
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 history of the Bwa is characterized by a
succession of outsiders attempting to take advantage of their
independently organized villages. In the 18th century, the Bamana empire
of Segou came into power and occupied a large portion of the Bwa lands
in Mali. They forced the Bwa to pay taxes and carried out raids in the
unconquered areas." You will find information related to history,
culture, art, political concepts and more. - From University of Iowa -
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