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Africa, African Anthropology - General Resources


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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.

Conservation and courtesy: a story from Bonga Forest __ "Mrs Ambo is a Manja, a marginalised ethnic group in the area. Manja families typically collect fuelwood from the forest and sell it in order to buy food. The lifestyle tends to undermine family links, since people work separately rather than labouring together on a farm." You will find an interesting story as to how the Manja are improving their image and their lives. - From farmafrica.org.uk - http://www.farmafrica.org.uk/case_study.cfm?id=20

From Outcasts to In Demand __ "The Manja tribe are outcasts, similar to the untouchables of India. Representing just 10% of the population in their area, they are oppressed by the local majority, the Kafecho, who will not eat with them, trade with them or even greet them." Learn how the Manja are beginning to change their image. - From farmafrica.org.uk - http://www.farmafrica.org.uk/case_study.cfm?id=26

Manja People __ "Although little is known about the history of the Manja, linguistic evidence suggests that during the past 2,000 years they migrated into their current homeland from the northeast, displacing the groups of nomadic hunters who previously lived in the area." You will find material related to art, culture, history, religion, political structure and more. - From University of Iowa - http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart/toc/people/Manja.html 



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