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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.

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Baga Art __ Here you will find a good article and images of Baga arts. - illustrated - From African Museum of Art -

The Baga and their art __ You will find an essay about Baga art along with some good history and more. - From Frederick Lamp -


Baga Mask __ "Baga artists are well known for their multifunctional masks and statues. Amongst them are the basonyimask ...Bansonyi masks (Serpent headdress that embodies the snake spirit Mantsho-na-tsol). The "bansonyi" lives in the sacred forest and only appears during initiation ceremonies when young men graduate as initiates. The mask can also be used for a wide variety of functions namely during funerals, to detect evil forces and cure sterility." A bit of history and culture in this brief piece. - illustrated - From -

Baga People __ "The Baga have lived in their current location since the 14th century. They migrated to this area from the interior highlands in upper Niger accompanied by several other peoples who share linguistic similarities, including the Landuma, Tyapi, and Temne peoples. From the 14th to the early 20th century they were repeatedly invaded by the Nalu, Susu, Djalonke, Maninka, and the Fulbe among others." You will find material related to culture, art, history, religion and more. - From University of Iowa - 


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