Reviewed Resources for Students and Teachers
Africa, African Anthropology - General Resources
By peoples L through Z go to A through K
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.
Taureg __ An overview of Taureg history and culture. "The Tuareg people are predominently nomadic people of the sahara desert, mostly in the Northern reaches of Mali near Timbuktu and Kidal. The Taureg are often referred to as "Blue Men of the desert " - because their robes are dyed indigo blue. They live in small tribes with between 30 and 100 family members and keep camels, goats, cattle and chicken which graze the land." - illustrated - From the Africa Guide - http://www.africaguide.com/culture/tribes/tuareg.htm
The Taureg Culture __ Overview of Taureg culture and history. "The Tuareg (pronounced TWAH-reg) are a smaller population consisting of only 1 million, but cover six countries in Africa. It covers a large part in southern Algeria and circled through central Mali, Burkina Faso, the very northern tip of Benin, Nigeria and half of Niger. The Tuareg are known for their men's practice of veiling the face with a blue, indigo-dyed cloth." - From Minnesota state University - http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/oldworld/africa/tuareg.html
Tuareg People __ "Tuareg is a term used to identify numerous diverse groups
of people who share a common language and a common history. Tuareg camel
caravans played the primary role in trans-Saharan trade until the mid-20th
century when European trains and trucks took over." You will find material
related to art, culture, history, religion, political structure and more. - From
University of Iowa -