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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 Art and Masks of The Ashanti __ Annotated gallery of click-to-enlarge images of Ashanti art. - illustrated - From -

African Tribes - Ashanti People __ An overview of these people and their arts. - illustrated - From - 

Art of the Asante Kingdom | Special Topics Page | Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art __ "In the seventeenth century, the region of West Africa known as the Gold Coast (modern Ghana) was dotted with several small-scale principalities populated by peoples belonging to the Akan cultural group. Linked by trade routes, a shared language, and similar belief systems, these states nonetheless remained separate entities until the early eighteenth century, when Asante, an inland kingdom ruled by a chief named Osei Tutu, embarked on a process of territorial expansion that united them as one kingdom." You will find a wonderful online art exhibit. - illustrated - from Metropolitan Museum of Art -  

Asante Art __ "Here you will find a good article and images of Asante arts. - illustrated - From African Art Museum - 

Asante People __ "The Asante developed a highly centralized, semimilitary government with a paramount chief known as the Asantahene. The Asantahene, who inherited his position along matrilineal lines, had numerous chiefs below him throughout the kingdom who acted on his behalf." You will find material related to religion, politics, history, culture, art and more. - From University of Iowa - 
Asante Traditional Buildings - UNESCO World Heritage Centre __ Brief description and image. - illustrated - From UNESCO -

Ashanti __ You will find a fairly detailed overview of Ashanti history, culture and family life. - illustrated - From -

Ashanti Culture __ "The Ashanti live in central Ghana in western Africa approximately 300km. away from the coast. The Ashanti are a major ethnic group of the Akans in Ghana, a fairly new nation, barely more than 50 years old." A good overview of these people. - From Minnesota State University -


Ashanti mythology __ A brief overview. "The most important god in the pantheon of the Ashanti of Ghana is Nyame (also Nyankopon), the omniscient, omnipotent sky god." - from Wikipedia -

Ashanti people __ "The Ashanti (also Asante) are a major ethnic group from Africa. The Ashanti speak a dialect of Akan. Prior to European colonization, the Ashanti Confederacy was a major state, particularly during the period from 1570 to 1900. Ashanti wealth was based on the region's substantial deposits of gold. The gold deposits led to many metal-working. A golden stool was said that no one could sit, touch, or even get within a couple of feet within it. The Stool was some religous related item." An excellent look. - illustrated - From Wikipedia -

Rulers of the Akan state of Asante __ List of rulers (kings) beginning in 1570 to present. - From -

Society-TWI-(ASHANTI) __ "The Ashanti constitute a political confederacy or state which developed in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in the central part of southern Ghana, West Africa (ca. lat. 6 degrees-7 degrees 30 minutes N and long. 0 degrees-2 degrees W)." An essay covering Ashanti history and culture. - From EthnoAtlas - 


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