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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.

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Society-WOLOF __ An essay dealing with Wolof history and culture. - from Ethnographic Atlas - http://lucy.ukc.ac.uk/EthnoAtlas/Hmar/Cult_dir/Culture.7882

UCLA Wolof Web Site __ Language, history and an extended list of links to additional resources. - From UCLA - http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/aflang/Wolof/

Wolof __ Overview of Wolof culture and history. "The Wolof tribe is spread through a few countries in Africa. The country that has the biggest concentration of people of Wolof descent is Gambia. Among the 1,014,000 citizens of Gambia, a mix of three African tribes dominates: the Mandinka, the Fula and the Wolof." - From Minnesota State University - http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/oldworld/africa/wolof.html
Wolof __ Avery brief encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolof 

Wolof __ An overview of Wolof culture and history. "The Wolof are one of the largest people groups that inhabit modern-day Senegal. They live anywhere from the desert area of the Sahara to the rain forests. Traditionally many Wolof lived in small villages governed by an extended family unit but now most Wolof move to cities where they are able to get jobs." - illustrated - From The Africa Guide - http://www.africaguide.com/culture/tribes/wolof.htm

Wolof Online: learn Wolof online __ "Wolof: Dedicated to the Wolof language and culture with a short online course in Wolof." - From wolofonline.com - http://www.wolofonline.com/ 

Wolof People __ "Wolof history probably dates to about the 12th or 13th century. Wolof forefathers migrated west to the coast from Mali following the defeat of the Empire of the Ghana in the 11th century. Oral family histories indicate that at least some of the first settlers in the area were of Fulbe origin. Much Wolof history has been preserved in oral praise songs which are recited by griots ("professional praise singers")." 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/Wolof.html


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