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Arsi

The Arsi tribe (formerly known as the Arussi) is one of over 200 people groups belonging to the largest tribe in Ethiopia called the Oromo.

Awi

Centuries ago, ancestors of the modern Awi ruled northern Ethiopia under Queen Yehudit, who imposed Judaism on the Ethiopians. Today the Awi live near Bahar Dar in northwest Ethiopia.

Aymara

The Aymara of Bolivia and Peru are believed to be descendants of the ancient Tiahuanacun civilization centered near Lake Titicaca in the early centuries A.D.

Bahah

The "Bahah" represent a cultural and religious ethnic ininority in their country. They live in an undisclosed location and this is not their real name.

Banna

The Banna are a pastoral tribe who live in a remote area of Southern Ethiopia. They are closely related to their neighbors, the Hammer, in both language and culture.

Bengali

Approximately 120 million Muslim-Bengalis live in South Asia in Bangladesh and India’s West Bengal State.

Borana

The Borana tribe is one of over 200 people groups belonging to the largest tribe in Ethiopia called the Oromo.

Daasanach

The Daasanach are semi-nomadic people whose cultural identity is thought to result mostly from a common place of residence than from heredity.

Dagomba

The Dagomba are one of the earliest known kingdoms in what is now Northern Ghana.

Djoula

The Djoula originally came from the Mande Empire in Mali over 600 years ago. Their name means “itinerant trader,” and they were active in the gold trade in the ancient Ghanaian and Malian empires.

Fon

The Fon are the largest ethnic group in Benin with over 1.25 million people living mainly in southern and central Benin.

Fulani

The Fulani are a people group in several regions of Africa, whose distinctive physical features are similar to people in Egypt, northern Sudan, and Ethiopia.

Guarani

The Guaraní are the original people of Paraguay and today, 95% of Paraguayans have Guaraní blood and speak the Guaraní language.

Gumuz

Although the Gumuz are a relatively unknown people group, they are rich in culture. Their dress, hairstyles, music, and dance are all unique.

Gurage

Three distinct groups of Gurage (goo rah gay) people live in Ethiopia.

Hausa

The Hausa are a racially diverse but culturally homogeneous people group of northern Nigeria and south-central Niger.

Herero

The Herero people are related to the Bantu people and live in Namibia and Botswana in southwest Africa.

Hui

The Hui are the third largest minority group in China of the 55 officially recognized minorities. Their 10.6 million people are scattered through out all of China.

Kotokoli

The center of the Kotokoli culture is in central Togo with the majority of the Kotokoli living in the city of Sokodé and its 60 or so surrounding villages.

Lomwe

Most Lomwe people are peasant farmers who live in northern Mozambique and in a belt stretching west into Malawi.

Makhuwa

The Makhuwa people group is a large group of approximately six million people living in modern day Mozambique and Tanzania.

Mamprusi

The Mamprusi are part of the Na Gweba people originally from what is now Togo. Of the four people groups descended from Na Gweba, the Mamprusi are the leaders.

Manchu

Although they are considered China's second largest minority, most Manchu today are indistinguishable from the Han Chinese.

Manga

The Manga Kanuri are proud of their history as the rulers of the Borno Empire. They live in the Lake Chad and Sahel desert region of Niger and Nigeria where they are the dominant people group.

Maninka

The Maninka Muslims are a sub-group of the large people group commonly referred to as the Manding. Their unity and pride stems from their common cultural origin from the once-great Malian Empire.

Mapuche

The Mapuche are one of three surviving tribes of the ancient Araucanian linguistic group of Indians who lived in Chile and Argentina before the Incas or the Spaniards arrived.

Mongol

Almost six million Mongols are scattered across a wide area of northern China. Approximately three times as many Mongols live in China as in the nation of Mongolia.

Mursi

The Mursi live in the Omo Valley in southwestern Ethiopia. Their territory is hedged in by three rivers and a mountain range, making them one of the most isolated people groups in Ethiopia.

Oromo

The Oromo people, also known as Oromoo, or Ormomoota, are an ancient, traditionally pastoral people who live in western and southern Ethiopia and part of Kenya and Somalia.

Quechua

The Quechua are a group of indigenous South American tribes, comprising the Quechumaran linguistic stock and living mostly in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador.

San

The San people group is variously called “Bushmen,” the Khoi, the Khoisan, the Kung, and (in Botswana) the Basarwa or Remote Area Dwellers.

Sisaala (Sissala)

The Sisaala (sometimes spelled Sissala) are a beautiful people who originate from among the Mossi, Mamprusi and Dagomba tribes of Ghana.

Sola (Sorouba)

The Sola are a small people group of approximately 8700 members in the north of Benin and Togo.

Somali

Somalis number over 10,000,000. They are closely related to other Eastern Cushitic ethnic groups in the Horn of Africa such as the Afar and Oromo.

Songhai

Songhai is a general term for the West Africa people groups who are descendants of the great Songhai Empire which flourished around the largest bend in the Niger River between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Tamajaq

The Tamajaq — "the blue men of the desert" — are a nomadic people who migrated from northern Africa into the Sahel regions of the western Sahara Desert.

Tibetan

Although the Tibetans strongly maintain they are one people and are opposed to any attempts to classify them as separate groups, there are many linguistic differences.

Toubou

The Toubou—"people of Tibesti"—trace their heritage back to Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula. They are divided into two subgroups, the Teda to the north, and the Daza to the south.

Uduk

The Uduk people have historical links with many other people groups on the Sudanese-Ethiopian border. While the name “Uduk” was given to them by their colonial administrators, they call themselves Kwanim pa or “people of the village.”

Uyghurs

More than nine million Uyghurs live in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China. Xinjiang was known as Eastern Turkestan until 1876, when the ruling Manchu army invaded the area and changed its name.

Wodaabe

The Wodaabeare a nomadic people group who find their home in the sandy, windswept margins of the Sahara Desert in modern-day Niger.

Wolof

The Wolof people were one of the first groups to establish a kingdom in what is modern day Senegal.

Yao

The Yao people trace their origins to East of Lake Malawi to a mountain called Yao, near the grass covered hills between Mwembe and Luchilingo Range.
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