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.
Introduction to Africa--the Pokot people in Kenya __ "The inhabitants of West Pokot are Pokot Peoples. About one quarter of Pokot are cultivators ("corn
people" Pi Pa Pax), while the remaining are pastoralists ..." Some general
information in the form of photos. - illustrated - From rikkyo.ne.jp -
Pokot People __ "Most Pokot art is associated with body ornamentation,
including beadwork and intricate coiffures and wigs that are worn by young men
to signal their membership in a given age-grade. Other forms of art include
richly patinated gourds and containers used by women for storage." You will find
material related to art, culture, history, religion, political structure and
more. - From University of Iowa -
Small arms in Africa: Counting the cost of gun violence __ "The dry rolling
plains of northern Kenya seem an unlikely place for an arms race. But in less
than a generation the pastoral Pokot people and their neighbours have gone from
protecting their herds with spears to outfitting their young men with cheap,
reliable and deadly automatic rifles from the war zones of Somalia, Ethiopia and
Sudan." Learn about the impact on Pokot culture and society. - illustrated -
From United Nations -