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Global Indigenous Understanding: Africa

A libguide to highlight the fact that indigenous people exist throughout the world, and face similar problems.

Source: Black, S. (2019).

Referencing Notice Don't forget to cite and reference your sources. For help see the Junior School or Senior School referencing guides, and / or CiteMaker.

Britannica Online

Africa is made up of many indigenous peoples. 

By clicking on the links you will be able to read about some of them.

Choose the level within Britannica to find the article that is just right for you!

Indigenous peoples of Africa

United Nations, & Fickling, G. (2011). Bakoya Pigmies [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/15321033222 /in/album-72157614476504440/

A Bakoya Pygmy woman cooks in her village, Ibea, near Mekambo in Gabon’s northeastern Ogooué-Ivindo province. The area was visited by a team conducting a census of the Bakoya, a largely undocumented, forest-dwelling indigenous group, in order to secure their voting and other civic rights. The census is part of a project sponsored by the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) through a local non-governmental organization.

Isaac, J., & United Nations. (1996). Tragedy in the Sahel. [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/3311563633/ in/album-72157614476504440/

A young boy, a member of the indigenous Dogon tribe, is shown in his village habitat around Bandiagara, Southern Mali, an area traditionally inhabited by this industrious tribe.

United Nations, & Eskinder, D. (1992). Himba woman [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/4711674683/ in/album-72157614476504440/

An elderly woman milking a cow in a Himba village near Opuwo.

United Nations (1983). Ndebele man [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/3312395320/ in/album-72157614476504440/

A man from the Ndebele tribe in South Africa wearing traditional attire.

United Nations (1985). Portrait of a woman from the Ndebele tribe [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/3311565227/ in/album-72157614476504440/

Portrait of a woman from the Ndebele tribe in Kwadlaulale Market, South Africa.

United Nations, & Perret, M. (2013). Boma, South Sudan [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/15134772818 /in/album-72157614476504440/

A mother sits with her baby outside a hospital in Boma, South Sudan. 

United Nations, & Nagata, Y. (1975). Sahara [Photograph].Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/3312394920/ in/album-72157614476504440/

Indigenous Sahrawi people of north west Africa in the area formerly known as Spanish Sahara 

United Nations, & McKulka, T. (2009). Sudanese Misseriya [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/5494523979/ in/album-72157614476504440/

Sudanese Misseriya build shelters for their families during migration.

As their wet season pastures dry up, the Misseriya move south with their cattle in an annual migration which brings them to their dry season pastures in the Abyei area from December through April. The Misseriya move south from Nov-Dec and return north from May-June. The Misseriya and the Dinka compete over scarce water and grass for their cattle during the dry season.

A Misseriya woman stands in front of a thatched shelter.

Indigenous Understanding Africa: Books and eBooks


You will often find information on indigenous peoples when you look at books on the countries in which they live.  You will also gain a lot of information by reading stories collected by these peoples.  Use these books and eBooks to get your research started!

Indigenous Understanding Africa: Books and eBooks


You will often find information on indigenous peoples when you look at books on the countries in which they live.  This  book is more for older students and can be found in the Senior Non-Fiction section

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