African Tribes, Demographics, & The Slave Trade Map

Information on African Tribes – Demographics, Politics, Religion, History, Economy, Tribal Art, Neighboring Tribes, Culture, Language.

Aka Akan Akuapem Akye Anyi Aowin
Asante Babanki Baga Bali Bamana Bamileke
Bamum Bangubangu Bangwa Baule Beembe Bembe
Benin Kingdom Berber (Amazigh) Bete Bidyogo Biombo Bobo
Bushoong Bwa Cameroon Grasslands Chokwe Dan Dengese
Diomande Djenn� Dogon Ejagham Eket Ekoi
Esie Fang Fante Fon Frafra Fulani
Guro Hausa Hemba Holoholo Ibibio Idoma
Igala Igbira Igbo Igbo Ukwu Ijo Kabre
Karagwe Kassena Katana Kom Kongo Kota
Kuba Kurumba Kusu Kwahu Kwele Kwere
Laka Lega Lobi Luba Luchazi Luluwa
Lunda Luvale Lwalwa Maasai Makonde Mambila
Mangbetu Manja Marka Mbole Mende Mitsogo
Mossi Mumuye Namji (Dowayo) Ngbaka Nkanu Nok
Nuna Nunuma (Gurunsi) Ogoni Oron Owo Pende
Pokot Punu Salampasu San Sapi Senufo
Shambaa Shona Songo Songye Suku Swahili
Tabwa Tuareg Urhobo We Winiama Wodaabe
Wolof Woyo Wum Yaka Yaure Yombe
Yoruba Zaramo Zulu


Destinations of Slaves and their Origins

Senegambia (Senegal-Gambia) * 5.8%
Sierra Leone 3.4%
Windward Coast (Ivory Coast) * 12.1%
Gold Coast (Ghana) * 14.4%
Bight of Benin (Nigeria) * 14.5
Bight of Biafra (Nigeria) * 25.1%
Central and Southeast Africa (Cameroon-N. Angola) * 24.7%
SENEGAMBIA: Wolof, Mandingo, Malinke, Bambara, Papel, Limba, Bola, Balante, Serer, Fula, Tucolor
SIERRA LEONE: Temne, Mende, Kisi, Goree, Kru.
WINDWARD COAST (including Liberia): Baoule, Vai, De, Gola (Gullah), Bassa, Grebo.
GOLD COAST: Ewe, Ga, Fante, Ashante, Twi, Brong
BIGHT OF BENIN & BIGHT OF BIAFRA combined: Yoruba, Nupe, Benin, Dahomean (Fon), Edo-Bini, Allada, Efik, Lbibio, Ljaw, Lbani, Lgbo (Calabar)
CENTRAL & SOUTHEAST AFRICA: BaKongo, MaLimbo, Ndungo, BaMbo, BaLimbe, BaDongo, Luba, Loanga, Ovimbundu, Cabinda, Pembe, Imbangala, Mbundu, BaNdulunda
Other possible groups that maybe should be included as a “Ancestral group” of African Americans:
Fulani, Tuareg, Dialonke, Massina, Dogon, Songhay, Jekri, Jukun, Domaa, Tallensi, Mossi, Nzima, Akwamu, Egba, Fang, and Ge.



Easy Blogging – Carnival and Tribal Art

I often wondered about the viability of blogging about African Art, or African Tribal Art for that matter. The content seemed limited, supposedly having no direct relation to everyday life past a colorful, temporary fancy, or at best a brief insight into a particularly abstract, or hideous item. But I have to admit that I was wrong because I was effectively limiting myself to what others saw and trying to provide another view of existing perspectives.

Puno Tribal Mask : Ritual mask now used for festivals and entertainment

Let me provide an example. I grew up thinking that the etymology of Carnival was French or Spanish, being translated loosely as a combination of Carne – meat (Sp) and Val (from the Sp verb ir, to go). So I came up with “farewell to meat” as the underlying thought. Coincidently the Trinidad and Tobago and Rio  Carnivals end on the night before  Ash Wednesday; the day of the beginning of the Roman Catholic Lenten season. “Carnival”  is actually Italian in origin, being derived from Carnivale – but this is where it gets interesting. The TnT Carnival was started by African slaves  joyfully (I speculate on their emotional state here) celebrating the Emancipation of Slavery. It is commemorative. The music, masks, and masquerades were cultural tribal icons and cultural tribal traditions that  we take with us today. So in effect what is left is a distinctive European veneer on what in essence remains an African tribal motif.

Guro Tribal Mask : Dancing mask - Click for video

I have taken some time to come to a conclusion which may have been obvious to the more astute reader. When you live, or love something, the possibilities are infinite since every convergence or divergence offers opportunities for analysis or understanding. Very much like music which continually evolves and develops, or even marriage, which requires continuous change around a ‘constant’ of commitment.

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