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Africa, African Anthropology - General Resources


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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.

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About the Remarkable Khoi and San people of South Africa __ "Together they are often called the "Khoisan", a term that has been used to describe their broad similarity in cultural and biological origins. It is derived from the names "Khoi" and "San"."  You will find a colorful look at these people. - illustrated - From - 

African Tribes - Bushmen/- San People __ "The 'Bushmen' are the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa, where they have lived for at least 20,000 years. Their home is in the vast expanse of the Kalahari desert."  A general overview. - From -  

Bushmen __ "The Bushmen, San, Sho, Basarwa, Kung or Khwe are indigenous people of southern Africa that spans most areas of South Africa, Zimbabwe , Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, and Angola."  You will find an encyclopedic article with links to related topics. - illustrated - From wikipedia - 

Bushmen/San __ A brief overview of San history and culture. - From The Africa Guide -


Bushmen Driven From Ancestral Lands in Botswana __ "Few are left of the many San who once roamed southern Africa, for a period believed to go back at least 20,000 years. Their sad fate has recently been brought starkly to mind by a furore that has erupted over the removal of two small remaining communities from Botswana's sprawling Central Kalahari Game Reserve." Read the whole story. - From National Geographic Society -

San Bushman and Rock Art Paintings of South Africa __ "The San Bushman Tribe of the Darkensberg Mountains in southern Africa. San Bushman Rock Art paintings and cave painting art of Southern Africa" - illustrated - From -

San People __ "The term San is commonly used by scholars to refer to a diverse group of foragers living in southern Africa who share historical and linguistic connections. This same group of people was formerly referred to as "Bushmen," but this term has since been abandoned because it is considered racist and sexist." You will find material related to art, culture, history, religion, political structure and more. - From University of Iowa -


The San Peoples __ A general overview plus information on current situations, civil rights and much more. - From -

Specimens of Bushman Folklore Index __ Several click-to-read myths and legends of the Bushmen. - From - 

Tribes of Africa, NamibiaThe Bushmen (San) __ "The 45.000 San, one of the most intriguing people in this world, are the region's earliest inhabitants (it is estimated that they have been living here for the last 30,000 years)and are still settled in many parts of southern Africa where game and veld food used to be plentiful more than three centuries ago." An overview. - illustrated - From -  


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