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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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African Arts: Bamana: the art of existence in Mali __ This article is a preview for an art exhibit. While the images have been removed, there is enough information in the text to make a look worth while if you are interested in some of the meaning and philosophy behind Bamana arts. - from - 

African Tribes - Bambara Culture - Mali __ A brief look at location, history, religion and daily life. - From -

The Bamana of Mali __ "The Bamana (the majority of the Bambara are Bamana) are characteristically tall and slim with fine features and a lighter skin than many of the surrounding tribes (Wassing 1968, p. 16) . They are a patrilineal society -- as are the Dogon, Fulani and other Mandingo groups of the region-- in which the bond with father and brothers determines the clan name given to the child, his education, heritage and succession" A good overview of the Bamana and a lot of other information about African people. - From -

Bamana People __ "The Bamana are members of the Mande culture, a large and powerful group of peoples in western Africa. Kaarta and Segou are Bamana city-states, which were established in the 17th century and continued to have political influence throughout the western Sudan states into the 19th century." You will find material related to history, political structure, religion, culture and more. - From University of Iowa -

The Bamana Segou State __ Learn about the history of the Bamana State. "Although a Bamana state centered at the village of Sťgou-Koro flourished briefly in the middle of the seventeenth century under the hunter and warrior Kaladian Coulibaly, it was his descendant Mamary Coulibaly, called BitÚn, who established a lasting polity in this region." The story begins in 1591. - illustrated - From The Metropolitan Museum of Art - 

Bambara __ "The Bambara are a large Mande racial group located mostly in the country of Mali. They are the largest and most dominant group in that country." An overview. - From Minnesota State University -

Bambara people __ Encyclopedic article with links to additional materials. - From wikipedia -

Bambara Language __ An encyclopedic entry. - From wikipedia - 

Bambara masks __ A history and overview of Bambara ceremonial masks. - illustrated - From -

Category:Bamana people __ Index of Wikipedia articles related to the Bamana people. - From wikipedia -   


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