Bamana - Bambara
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.
African Arts: Bamana: the art of existence in Mali __ This article is a preview for an art exhibit. While the images have been removed, there is enough information in the text to make a look worth while if you are interested in some of the meaning and philosophy behind Bamana arts. - from findarticles.com - http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0438/is_4_34/ai_85031228
African Tribes - Bambara Culture - Mali __ A brief look at location, history, religion and daily life. - From africaguide.com - http://www.africaguide.com/culture/tribes/bambara.htm
The Bamana of Mali __ "The Bamana (the majority of the Bambara are Bamana) are characteristically tall and slim with fine features and a lighter skin than many of the surrounding tribes (Wassing 1968, p. 16) . They are a patrilineal society -- as are the Dogon, Fulani and other Mandingo groups of the region-- in which the bond with father and brothers determines the clan name given to the child, his education, heritage and succession" A good overview of the Bamana and a lot of other information about African people. - From princetonol.com - http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/bamana.htm
Bamana People __ "The Bamana are members of the Mande culture, a large and powerful group of peoples in western Africa. Kaarta and Segou are Bamana city-states, which were established in the 17th century and continued to have political influence throughout the western Sudan states into the 19th century." You will find material related to history, political structure, religion, culture and more. - From University of Iowa - http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart/toc/people/Bamana.html
The Bamana Segou State __ Learn about the history of the Bamana State. "Although a Bamana state centered at the village of Ségou-Koro flourished briefly in the middle of the seventeenth century under the hunter and warrior Kaladian Coulibaly, it was his descendant Mamary Coulibaly, called Bitòn, who established a lasting polity in this region." The story begins in 1591. - illustrated - From The Metropolitan Museum of Art - http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/bama_1/hd_bama_1.htm
Bambara __ "The Bambara are a large Mande racial group located mostly in the country of Mali. They are the largest and most dominant group in that country." An overview. - From Minnesota State University - http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/oldworld/africa/bambara.html
Bambara people __ Encyclopedic article with links to additional materials. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bambara_people
Bambara Language __ An encyclopedic entry. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bambara_language
Bambara masks __ A history and overview of Bambara ceremonial masks. - illustrated - From africaclub.com - http://www.africaclub.com/bambarai.htm
Category:Bamana people __ Index of Wikipedia articles related to the Bamana people. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Bamana_people