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.
__ An overview of Dogon history and culture. "The Dogon are a
cliff-dwelling people who live in Southeastern Mali and Burkina Faso. Among the
people groups in Africa they are unique in that they have kept and continued to
develop their own culture even in the midst of Islamic invasions which have
conquered and adapted many of the current people groups" - illustrated - From
The Africa Guide -
Dogon Creation Story __ Learn the Dogon creation myth as told in this essay
about creation stories in general. You will also find interesting information
about other creation stories. - From Jason Wotherspoon -
Dogon - Nommo - Amphibious Gods __ "The religious beliefs of the Dogon are
enormously complex and knowledge of them varies greatly within Dogon society.
Dogon religion is defined primarily through the worship of the ancestors and the
spirits whom they encountered as they slowly migrated from their obscure
ancestral homelands to the Bandiagara cliffs." You can learn more about Dogon
religion as well as culture and history. - illustrated - From crystalinks.com -
__ "Early history is informed by oral traditions, which claim
that the Dogon originated from the west bank of the Niger River (10th to 13th
centuries). They emigrated west to northern Burkino Faso, where local histories
describe them as kibsi. Around 1490, they fled a region now known as the
northern Mossi kingdom of Yatenga when it was invaded by Mossi calvary." You
will find information related to history, religion, political structure, art and
more. - From University of Iowa -
Society-DOGON __ A good review of Dogon culture and history. "The Dogon are
an ethnic group located mainly in the administrative districts of Bandiagara and
Douentza in Mali, West Africa. Their territory extends from approximately lat.
13 1/2 degrees-15 degrees N by long. 1 1/2-4 degrees W. This area is composed of
three quite distinct topographical regions: the plain, the cliffs, and the
plateau. Within these regions the Dogon population of about 250,000 (ca. 1965)
is most heavily concentrated along a 90-mile stretch of escarpment called the
Cliffs of Bandiagara. This provides a rather spectacular physical setting for
villages built up on the sides of the escarpment." - By Marlene M. Martin and
Robert O. Lagace -
Unique Dogon Culture Survives in West Africa __ "Hidden in the mysterious Bandiagara Cliffs of southern Mali, West Africa, live a people who claim to be
the conduit between heaven and Earth: the people of the Dogon." An overview of
Dogon life. - illustrated - From National Geographic Society -