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Tribes&People Groups

TRIBES & PEOPLE GROUPS
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There are many different
people groups and tribes
across the continent of
Africa - with their culture
varying from tribe to tribe.
We have included only a
few on this page and will
be adding to the list
regularly. Click the title for
detailed sections...
Afar
The Afar people live
primarily in Ethiopia and
the areas of Eritrea,
Djibouti, and Somalia in
the Horn of Africa.
Anlo-Ewe
The Anlo-Ewe people
are today in the
southeastern corner of
the Republic of Ghana.
They settled here
around 1474 after
escaping from their past
home of Notsie.
Amhara
The Amhara are the
politically and culturally
dominant ethnic group
of Ethiopia. They are
located primarily in the
central highland plateau
of Ethiopia and
comprise the major
population element in
the provinces of
Begemder and Gojjam
and in parts of Shoa and
Wallo.
Ashanti
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.
Bakongo
The Bakongo people
(aka. the Kongo) dwell
along the Atlantic coast
of Africa from Pointe-
Noire, Congo
(Brazzaville) to Luanda,
Angola.
Bambara
The Bambara are a large
Mande racial group
located mostly in the
country of Mali. They are
the largest and most
dominant group in that
country.
Bemba
The Bemba are located
in the northeastern part
of Zambia and are the
largest ethnic group in
the Northern Province
of Zambia.
Berber
Berbers have lived in
Africa since the earliest
recorded time.
References date back to
3000 BC. There are
many scattered tribes of
Berber across Morocco,
Algeria, Tunisia, Libya,
and Egypt.
Bobo
The Bobo peple have
lived in western Burkina
Faso and Mali for
centuries. They are
known for their masks
which are worn with
elaborate outfits for
celebrations. Primarily
agricultral people they
also cultivate cotton
which they use to trade
with others.
Bushmen/San
The 'Bushmen' are the
oldest inhabitants of
southern Africa, where
they have lived for at
least 20,000 years. Their
home is in the vast
expanse of the Kalahari
desert.
Chewa
The Chewa, also known
as the Cewa or Chichewa
is an African culture that
has existed since the
beginning of the first
millennium, A.D. They
are primarily located in
Zambia, Zimbabwe, with
the bulk of the
population in Malawi.
Dogon
The Dogon are a cliff-
dwelling people who
live in Southeastern Mali
and Burkina Faso.
Among the people
groups in Africa they are
unique in that they have
kept and continued to
develop their own
culture even in the
midst of Islamic
invasions which have
conquered and adapted
many of the current
people groups
Fang
The Fang are especially
known for their
guardian figures which
they attached to
wooden boxes
containing bones of the
ancestors. The bones, by
tradition, are said to
contain the power of
the dead person, in fact,
the same amount of
power that the person
had while still alive.
Fon
The Fon of Benin,
originally called
Dahomey until 1975,
are from West Africa.
The Fon are said to have
originated in the area of
Tado, a town in Tago, at
approximately the same
latitude as Abomey,
Benin.
Fulani
The Fulani people of
West Africa are the
largest nomadic group
in the world, primarily
nomadic herders and
traders. Through their
nomadic lifestyle, they
established numerous
trade routes in West
Africa.
Ibos
from Nigerian the Ibos
live in villages that have
anywhere from a few
hundred to a few
thousand people
comprised of numerous
extended families.
Kikuyu (Gikuyu)
Having migrated to
their current location
about four centuries
ago, the Kikuyu now
make up Kenya’s largest
ethnic group.
Maasai
The Maasai, famous as
herders and warriors,
once dominated the
plains of East Africa.
Now however they are
confined to a fraction of
their former range.
Mandinka
The Mandinka are an
ethnic group that live in
West Africa, primarily
Senegal, Gambia, and
Guinea-Bissau, but some
also live in Burkina Faso,
Mali, and Cote d'Ivoire.
Pygmies
There are many
different 'Pygmy'
peoples – for example,
the Bambuti, the Batwa,
the Bayaka and the
Bagyeli ('Ba -' means
'people') – who live
scattered over a huge
area in central and
western Africa, in the
Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC), Congo
(Brazzaville), Cameroon,
Gabon, Central African
Republic, Rwanda,
Burundi and Uganda.
Samburu
The Samburu are related
to the Masai although
they live just above the
equator where the
foothills of Mount Kenya
merge into the northern
desert and slightly
south of Lake Turkana in
the Rift Valley Province
of Kenya.
Senufo
The Senufo are a group
of people living in
northern Cote d'Ivoire
and Mali. They are
known as excellent
farmers and are made
up of a number of
different groups who
moved south to Mali
and Cote d'Ivoire in the
15 and 16th centuries.
Tuareg
The Tuareg people are
predominently nomadic
people of the sahara
desert, mostly in the
Northern reaches of Mali
near Timbuktu and
Kidal.
Wolof
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.
Yoruba
The Yoruba people live
in Southwest Nigeria
and Benin. They have
developed a variety of
different artistic forms
including pottery,
weaving, beadwork,
metalwork, and mask
making.
Zulu
The Zulu are the largest
ethnic group in South
Africa. They are well
known for their
beautiful brightly
colored beads and
baskets as well as other
small carvings.
TRIBES & PEOPLE GROUPS
There are many different
people groups and tribes
across the continent of
Africa - with their culture
varying from tribe to tribe.
We have included only a
few on this page and will
be adding to the list
regularly. Click the title for
detailed sections...
Afar
The Afar people live
primarily in Ethiopia and
the areas of Eritrea,
Djibouti, and Somalia in
the Horn of Africa.
Anlo-Ewe
The Anlo-Ewe people
are today in the
southeastern corner of
the Republic of Ghana.
They settled here
around 1474 after
escaping from their past
home of Notsie.
Amhara
The Amhara are the
politically and culturally
dominant ethnic group
of Ethiopia. They are
located primarily in the
central highland plateau
of Ethiopia and
comprise the major
population element in
the provinces of
Begemder and Gojjam
and in parts of Shoa and
Wallo.
Ashanti
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.
Bakongo
The Bakongo people
(aka. the Kongo) dwell
along the Atlantic coast
of Africa from Pointe-
Noire, Congo
(Brazzaville) to Luanda,
Angola.
Bambara
The Bambara are a large
Mande racial group
located mostly in the
country of Mali. They are
the largest and most
dominant group in that
country.
Bemba
The Bemba are located
in the northeastern part
of Zambia and are the
largest ethnic group in
the Northern Province
of Zambia.
Berber
Berbers have lived in
Africa since the earliest
recorded time.
References date back to
3000 BC. There are
many scattered tribes of
Berber across Morocco,
Algeria, Tunisia, Libya,
and Egypt.
Bobo
The Bobo peple have
lived in western Burkina
Faso and Mali for
centuries. They are
known for their masks
which are worn with
elaborate outfits for
celebrations. Primarily
agricultral people they
also cultivate cotton
which they use to trade
with others.
Bushmen/San
The 'Bushmen' are the
oldest inhabitants of
southern Africa, where
they have lived for at
least 20,000 years. Their
home is in the vast
expanse of the Kalahari
desert.
Chewa
The Chewa, also known
as the Cewa or Chichewa
is an African culture that
has existed since the
beginning of the first
millennium, A.D. They
are primarily located in
Zambia, Zimbabwe, with
the bulk of the
population in Malawi.
Dogon
The Dogon are a cliff-
dwelling people who
live in Southeastern Mali
and Burkina Faso.
Among the people
groups in Africa they are
unique in that they have
kept and continued to
develop their own
culture even in the
midst of Islamic
invasions which have
conquered and adapted
many of the current
people groups
Fang
The Fang are especially
known for their
guardian figures which
they attached to
wooden boxes
containing bones of the
ancestors. The bones, by
tradition, are said to
contain the power of
the dead person, in fact,
the same amount of
power that the person
had while still alive.
Fon
The Fon of Benin,
originally called
Dahomey until 1975,
are from West Africa.
The Fon are said to have
originated in the area of
Tado, a town in Tago, at
approximately the same
latitude as Abomey,
Benin.
Fulani
The Fulani people of
West Africa are the
largest nomadic group
in the world, primarily
nomadic herders and
traders. Through their
nomadic lifestyle, they
established numerous
trade routes in ...
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