Special Sub-Topic: Ethnic Groups in Africa
|This tribe, generally found in Nigeria, create wooden statues based on twin figures , called 'Ibeji'.|
Yoruba. The Yoruba have a high incidence of twin births. If one twin dies, the 'Ibeji' takes his place.
|The men in this tribe wear their hair in many tiny braids , and groom it with red clay, while the women generally shave their heads. This famous Kenyan warrior tribe is well known for drinking cattle milk and blood.|
|The Ashanti developed a woven cloth that is a symbol of prestige, and a visual representation of the history, the oral literature, religious beliefs and social values of Africa. What is this cloth called?|
Kente. The Kente probably has its roots in weaving traditions in the 11th century. Often the cloth is given different names to suit the occasion and the wearer. For instance, a special Kente called 'One Man Cannot Rule A Country' was designed especially for Ghana's first President.
|This group is known as 'the people of the veil' because the men wear a veil that conceals the whole face excluding their eyes. Who are these people?|
Tuareg. The Tuareg are generally found in Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, and Burkina Faso. The men start wearing a veil at the age of 25. They never remove this veil even amongst family members. The women however, are not veiled.
|When a girl from this ethnic group gets married, she carries a conical shaped beaded doll which is a symbol of fertility. She gives a name to this doll and this name is later transferred to her first born child. Which group is this?|
Sotho. Formerly known as Basuto, the Sotho are mountain people from the Maluti Range. They are generally on horseback.
|This tribe from Mali worship the Dogstar, Sirius, and knew about it even before modern astronomers did. Who are they?|
Dogon. The Dogon knew that Sirius is a binary star system and could even describe the elliptical orbit the two make around each other (facts which were later confirmed by modern astronomers). They called Sirius B 'Po Tolo'.
|These people live in small enclosed villages on the Zambesi plains. When the river Zambesi floods its plains in winter, these Southern African people have to abandon their villages and move to higher grounds. In death, the men are buried facing the east while the women are buried facing the west. What are they called?|
Lozi. They are also known as Malozi or Barotse.
|These herders in Uganda depend upon their animals. Their respect for these animals is so great that they name themselves after their animals. Who are they?|
Jie. Jie, Matheniko and Dodoth are part of the Karamajong group.
|Like most people in Ghana, the members of this group use only their right hands to touch food, even if the whole family eats from the same bowl. They celebrate Homowo, an annual harvesting festival. Who are they?|
Ga-Adangbe. In general most people in Ghana eat with their right hands (even if they are born left-handed).
|In Ghana, these people are known as the masters of the coded messages of drum language. What people are they?|
Ewe. 'Vu gbe' , the language of the drums is an important aspect in various african ethnic groups like the Ewe, the Ashanti and the Ga, in Ghana, as well as the Fon in Benin and the Yoruba in Nigeria.
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