From Afar to Zulu: A Dictionary of African Cultures

From Afar to Zulu: A Dictionary of African Cultures

by James S. Haskins, Joann Biondi
     
 

Fully illustrated with photographs, maps, and illustrations, From Afar to Zulu provides essential information on over thirty of Africa's most populous and well-known ethnic groups. Concise, accessible text describes the history, traditions, environment, social structure, religion, and daily lifestyles of these richly diverse cultures. Each entry opens with a…  See more details below

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Fully illustrated with photographs, maps, and illustrations, From Afar to Zulu provides essential information on over thirty of Africa's most populous and well-known ethnic groups. Concise, accessible text describes the history, traditions, environment, social structure, religion, and daily lifestyles of these richly diverse cultures. Each entry opens with a map outlining the area populated by the group and a list of key data on languages spoken, total population, and primary foods. For each group, the authors cover early, pre-Islamic, and pre-colonial history, as well as recent developments and modernizations.

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An introduction to African cultures, describing the history, traditions, social structure, and daily life of some 30 ethnic groups. Entries covers preIslamic and precolonial history as well as modern developments, and list languages, populations, and primary foods. Includes a section on Africa's lost cultures, a list of 200 additional cultures and their locations, a glossary, maps, and numerous b&w photos. For general readers from high school up. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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This handbook of African peoples for young readers ages 10 and up treats the continent's 32 most populous and well-known cultures, such as the Maasai and the Yoruba. It is not inclusive, for example, omitting Egyptians, whose culture reflects the Arab Mediterranean area. Haskins is an award-winning children's author, and Biondi is a former professor of geography. The book's arrangement is alphabetical by culture, with each entry similar in format and 5-8 pages in length. Each begins with a map locating the country (or countries) where the people live and notes their population, language, and primary foods. Clearly and concisely, the articles cover history (including oral traditions or legends), geography, interaction with other cultures, white colonization and settlement, changes in economy through the years, living patterns and gender roles, rites and traditions, food patterns and art forms, religion and cultural change, and the prominence of this group in government today. The information is current, for example, noting the warfare between Tutsi and Hutu in 1994. Each entry also includes a few black-and-white photographs that reflect the culture and drawings of designs found in the group's artistic creations. After the 32 entries, five of the most well-known lost cultures (e.g., Kush) are briefly described. An appendix lists additional cultures and the nations where they are located. A helpful glossary and a current bibliography of books for children and adults complete the work. "Peoples of the World: Africans South of the Sahara" by Joyce Moss and George Wilson (Gale, 1991) covers culture, geographic setting, and historical background of 34 African peoples for middle- and high-school students. "From Afar to Zulu" fulfills its intent as a concise, clear source of information on the peoples of Africa for upper-elementary and middle-school students. It will be useful in public and school libraries.

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ISBN-13:
9780802782908
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
7.27(w) x 9.53(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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