Pan-Africanism : Africa And Her People!

Oba Iparankanru

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interesting, I'm more incline to think african americans are most likely from many tribes but they vary by location, many of the gullah in georgia/SC area are thought to be ashanti/igbo and many of the louisiana blacks are definately Fon because of the french etc. etc.
 

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Oba Iparankanru said:
interesting, I'm more incline to think african americans are most likely from many tribes but they vary by location, many of the gullah in georgia/SC area are thought to be ashanti/igbo and many of the louisiana blacks are definately Fon because of the french etc. etc.
African Americans are without question a mix of many African ethnic groups (which is probably why you have such a hard time locking down a specific culture)! I don't know if the break down was as specific to regions as you theorize though Oba Iparankanru. There was a lot of mixing between blacks in the original 13 colonies: Enslaved Africans being sold from plantation to plantation. Enslaved Africans escaping and moving to other areas. Even today people don't always marry & have children with people in their town/state. However, your theory is interesting nonetheless! I'm sure that despite what I said there were some enslaved Africans in America who managed to recognize their particular ethnic group, and only married/mated within that group. Perhaps this was a conscious decision at 1st then a unconscious decision in the following decades & centuries. Again I don't know if this is true, but the implications are fascinating!
 

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In knowing as much as we can, about our colletive ancestry.

We black Africans of the Americas, Yes these are all borrowed words from those who have dominated us phisically in the past.

who are we today?

It's clear to me that we, are collectively a people that have been subjigated to a sub. being, by Euro-western concerns.

It's up to us to educate ourselfs to the contrary. Many in the so called Americas are still serving the white-Mans venue. rejecting our own spiritual values and moral understandings.

not to be preching. But how do we get on with our former striengths?

Great African models exist.

How do we, collectively consalidate the wisdom and real knowledge our ancestors realized, to a working, functinal culture, for us today?

We all, need to get to the next stage. we need to develope a real plan.
or we shall fall to the wishes of the white man's decree.

Corvo
 

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records were kept of the origins of slaves for sale, so you can find out from which areas the majority of Afrikans came from.
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In a thread on the Culture Forum I listed the following list of the various ethnic groups of Africa:

The Acholi, Afar, Amhara, Anlo-Ewe, Ashanti, Azande, Baganda, Bambara, Baoule, Basuba, Beja, Bemba, Bobo, Boran, Bubi (Mrs. PanAfrica's group), Bushmen, Chagga, Chewa, Chokwe, Comorians, Dan, Datooga, Digil, Digo, Dinka, Dogon, Dorobo, Duruma, Embu, Fang, Fon, Fulani, Fur, Gabbra, Ganda, Gawwada, Giriama, Gisu, Gosha, Gwikwe, Hausa, Hutu, Ibo, Iteso, Jie, Kakwa, Kalenjin, Kamba, Kanuri, Keiyo, KhoiKhoi, Kikuyu, Kipsigis, Kisii, Kongo, Kpelle, Kru, Kuba, Kumam, Kung, Lomwe, Lozi, Luba, Lunda, Lou, Luhya, Makonde, Makua, Malinke, Manding, Marakwet, Margi, Masai, Mbarakwengo, Mbere, Mbundu, Mbuti, Meen, Mende, Meru, Mongo, Mossi, Mukogodo, Munyoyaya, Nandi, Ndebele, Nubi, Nuer, Nupe, Nyamwezi, Nyankore Nyanja, Nyoro, Njemps, Ogaden, Orma, Oromo, Ovambo, Ovimbundu, Pende, Pokomo, Pokot, Rabai, Ribe, Rendille, Sabaot, Sakuye, Samburu, Senufo, Shangaan, Shona, Somali, Songye, Soninke, Sotho, Suba, Sukuma, Swazi, Taita, Teso, Tigre, Tigrinya, Tiv, Tonga, Twsa, Tswana, Tugen, Turkana, Turu, Tutsis, Urhobos, Wolof, Xhosa, Yao, Yoruba, Zinza, and Zulu.

After some thought I felt that this list deserves its own thread. Unlike many Africans in the Diaspora, African Americans generally do not know which ethnic group we are descended from: We are not sure if we are Wolof (Senegal), Yoruba (Nigeria), Mende (Sierra Leone), or a combination of several ethnic groups (which is more than likely the case for the majority of African Americans). This may actually be a benefit as we can claim not just one nation/people as our home, but the entire continent! I would like to use this thread to share/learn information about each ethnic groups listed. As we learn about them...we learn about ourselves!
I couldn't help but chuckle at your reason for "editing" this original post: "The list keeps growing!"

And, yes, this is quite a task you undertook but I do appreciate it and you for it!
 

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