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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.

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.

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Akan Golden Weights __ "The Akan Gold Weights can be seen as classic representations of the depth and dimensions of African material culture. The weights are symbols of conventionalized reflections, each weight signifying specific meanings." A brief look. - illustrated - From library.cornell.edu - http://www.library.cornell.edu/africana/Writing_Systems/akan.html

Akan Language Bibliography Page __ A bibliography - From Michigan State University - http://www.isp.msu.edu/AfrLang/Handbook/Akan-bib.htm

Akan languages, alphabet and pronunciation __ You will find details of the Akan languages of Ghana, including Twi, Asante and Fante. - From omniglot.com - http://www.omniglot.com/writing/akan.htm

The Akan Naming Ceremony __ An overview of the ceremony and importance of giving a name. - From africawithin.com - http://www.africawithin.com/studies/akan_naming_ceremony.htm


Akan People __ "Among the Akan-speaking peoples of southern Ghana and adjacent Côte d'Ivoire ritual pottery and figurative terracottas are used in connection with funeral practices that date at least to the 1600s. Much of what we know about ancient Akan customs comes to us in the form of oral histories which have survived for several hundred years." For now, this site has a brief overview of Akan history only. - From University of Iowa - http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart/toc/people/Akan.html

Akan people __ General overview of the Akan people along with links to additional Akan resources. - From nationmaster.com - http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Akan-people


Akan people __ "The Akan people are a linguistic group of West Africa. This group includes the Akuapem, the Akyem, the Ashanti, the Baoulé, the Anyi, the Brong, the Fante and the Nzema peoples of both Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire."  An encyclopedic article with links to related topics. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akan_people

Akan - Religion __ A brief overview of the history and practice of Akan religion. - From everyculture.com - http://www.everyculture.com/Africa-Middle-East/Akan-Religion.html 


Akan-ashanti __ "The Akan people occupy practically the whole of Ghana south and west of the Black Volta. Historical accounts suggest that Akan groups migrated from the north to occupy the forest and coastal areas of the south as early as the thirteenth century. "  An overview of the Akan-ashanti people and their history. - From beepworld.de - http://www.beepworld.de/members18/shika-gold/ashanti.htm

Category:Akan language __ Index of Wikipedia articles related to the Akan language. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Akan_language

Ghanaian Akan Names __ "Akan is a language mostly spoken in southern Ghana. In Akan one of the names a person is given depends on his or her day of the week of birth, and the person's gender. Consequently there are only fourteen of these Akan names." Learn what your name would be. - from MIM - http://www.fortunecity.com/victorian/carroll/17/akan_names.htm

Rulers of the Akan state of Asante __ List of rulers (kings) beginning in 1570 to present. - From nationmaster.com - http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Rulers-of-the-Akan-state-of-Asante  


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