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.
__ An overview of Mossi culture and history. "The Mossi are
African people whose numbers total around two and a half million
residing in Burkina Faso. After 1000 A.D., the Mossi were organized into
many kingdoms and one still exists today." - From Minnesota state
Mossi People __ "The Mossi states were created about 1500 A.D., when bands of
horsemen rode north from what is now northern Ghana into the basin of the Volta
River and conquered several less powerful peoples, including Dogon, Lela, Nuna,
and Kurumba. These were integrated into a new society call Mossi, with the
invaders as chiefs and the conquered as commoners." You will find material
related to art, culture, history, religion, political structure and more. - From
University of Iowa -