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.
BAULE: African Art/Western Eyes __ Information about an exhibit of Baule art with references to history and culture. Plug-in needed to view the images. - illustrated - from Smithsonian Museum of African Art - http://www.nmafa.si.edu/exhibits/baule/baule.htm
Baule Mask Tribal Art sculpture and History __ "There are two forms of masks namely animal and human and or both. It is not uncommon for other human masks to have an animal attribute, or a human figure as a crest. Human masks are crafted and used only by men to make contact with Gu, ruler of the world." History and culture. - illustrated - From rebirth.co.za - http://www.rebirth.co.za/baule_tribal_history.htm
Baule People __ "The Baule belong to the Akan peoples who inhabit Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. Three hundred years ago the Baule people migrated westward from Ghana when the Asante rose to power. The tale of how they broke away from the Asante has been preserved in their oral traditions." You will find material related to history, culture, religion, political structure, art and more. - From University of Iowa - http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart/toc/people/Baule.html