Reviewed Resources for Students and Teachers
Africa, African Anthropology - General Resources
By peoples L through Z go to A through K
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.
Laka Lega Lobi Luba Luchazi Luluwa Lunda Luvale Lwalwa Maasai Makonde Mambila Mangbetu Manja Mbole Mende Mitsogo Mossi Mumuye Ngbaka Nkanu Nok Nuna Oron Owo Pende Pokot Punu San Senufo Shambaa Shona Songo Songye Suku Swahili Tabwa Tuareg Urhobo We Wimiama Wodaabe Wolof Woyo Wum Yaka Yombe Yoruba Zaramo Zulu
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.
African Folk Tales ( zulu ) __ You will find click-to-read stories from the Zulu people. - from canteach.ca - http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/africa.html
African Tribes - Zulu People __ Read about the largest tribal group in South Africa in this brief overview. "The Zulu are practically divided in half with about 50% living in cities and engaging in domestic work and another 50% working on farms." - illustrated - From The Africa Guide - http://www.africaguide.com/culture/tribes/zulu.htm
Modern Zulu __ "Following the end of apartheid in the early 1990s, the Zulu have become a powerful political force. They have their own political party,..." Discover more about how Zulu life has changed through the many topics covered. - illustrated - From thinkquest - http://library.thinkquest.org/27209/Modern.htm
Zulu __ An encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - illustrated - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zulu
Zulu Culture __ "The Zulu people have a distinct culture that distinguishes them from other ethnic groups. During each year they hold ceremonies that revive their culture and tradition. These ceremonies include, among others, the Heritage Day, which is held to celebrate the life of Shaka Zulu, the most powerful king and creator of the Zulu nation." You will find several click-to-read articles. - illustrated - From UCLA - http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/aflang/zulu/culture.html
Zulu Culture and History - African Culture __ A brief look. - From bellaonline.com - http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art13160.asp
Zulu Culture and Traditions __ A wide ranging site with click-to-read articles about subjects such as history, religion, food and combat. - illustrated - from KwaZulu-Natal Dept. of Economic Development and Tourism - http://www.warthog.co.za/dedt/tourism/culture/intro/intro.htm
Zulu@Everything2.com __ A good look at Zulu history, culture and hopes for the future. "The people known as Zulus began to unite 165 years ago. They formed from many clans which combined, all of which lived in coastal South Africa. Their name, "Zulu," was the name of the man whose descendants formed the Zulu clan." You will also find links to many other resources. - From everything2.com - http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node=Zulu
Zulu History __ "Within traditional Zulu household,the father is given utmost
respect. Children often fear their father and will not speak to him unless he
speaks to them first. The mother's role is less aurthoritarain and more nuturing.
It is the mother who passes Zulu folklore, history, and rules of behavior on to
the children." You can learn more about history and Zulu culture. - illustrated
- From West High School; Madison, Wisconsin -
Zulu People __ "The AmaZulu believe that they are the direct descendants of the patriarch Zulu, who was born to a Nguni chief in the Congo Basin area. In the 16th century the Zulu migrated southward to their present location, incorporating many of the customs of the San, including the well-known linguistic clicking sounds of the region. During the reign of King Shaka (1816-1828), the Zulu became the mightiest military force in southern Africa, increasing their land holdings from 100 square miles to 11,500." You will find material related to art, culture, history, religion, political structure and more. - From University of Iowa - http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart/toc/people/Zulu.html
Zulu Traditions & Culture __ "The Zulu traditions and culture are as much a
way of life as they are a tourist attraction. The Zulu, which means people of
heaven, are a proud nation that treasure their heritage, are friendly and always
hospitable; displaying an unyielding loyalty to their inkosi
(traditional leader)." - illustrated - from drakensberg-tourism.com - http://www.drakensberg-tourism.com/zulu-culture-traditions.html
Zulu at UCLA __ An overview of Zulu culture and history from UCLA - illustrated - From UCLA - http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/aflang/zulu/home.html