If you thought that all Africans followed only one culture, then you are mistaken. Africa is a land of many different cultures. If you ever set out to explore this vast continent, do make it a point to know more about the different cultures in Africa. Here is a short summary of the different African culture tribes.
Different African Culture Tribes
There are many African tribes with different cultures. It has 50 independent countries. Actually, there are 3000 diverse tribes in Africa with 11 recognized dialects and languages. Here a few are explained.
Masai of Kenya and Tanzania
This tribe has a rough population of 840000. The red-clad Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania dress up according to the Great Plains and Savannahs of Africa. They are very powerful warriors and pastoralists who have roamed the wilderness of Africa since more than 500 years. Some of their important traditions are jumping dance, spitting and drinking of blood and wearing the colorful shuka.
Himba of Northwest Namibia
This region in Northwest Namibia is home to resilient people of Africa. Their number might be around 50,000. They are hunter-gatherers and pastoralists. Their life revolves around the holy fire. Through the smoke coming from the fire, they seek connection with their ancestors. Their holy fire burns in the centre of their village. These are nomadic people who travel from waterhole to waterhole rearing cattle and goats. The most characteristic feature of this tribe is their unique hairstyle. They color their hair in red ochre body paint and wear sheepskin leather ornaments.
Zulu of South Africa
These are an ethnic tribe in South Africa. They have descended from East Africa and migrated to the south under the great Bantu migration. The zulu people rose under the leadership of Shaka in the 19th century. They have a fearsome reputation. These people are modern and progressive. They wear a typica traditional clothing that they reserve for special occasions. They maintain strong connections with their ancestral roots. These are warm-hearted people and also hospitable. We owe the concept of Ubuntu to them. The zulu people are Christians and believe that Unkulunkulu is the supreme creator of life. Ancestral spirits are very important who bring about good or back luck into their lives.
The Bushman, San or Khoisan of Southern Africa
This tribe is known as the first people of South Africa. They are famous for their close connection to the nature. They have a nomadic lifestyle and have a language of clicking sounds. This tribe is very rare today and are hunted and exploited. The San people were hunter-gatherers who lived off the land and roamed vast tracks of land all over southern Africa. Today, you can only them in clusters in small groups around the Makgadikagadi Pan. These people are great artists of southern Africa with their charming rocks dating back to thousands of years ago. They made pigments from mineral deposits, blood, egg and ochres to make humans and animals in cave walls.
These are some of the rare culture tribes in Africa. Every country and region in Africa has a famous tribe which is not almost extinct. Most of them have moved to civilizations and only a few have stuck to their roots. The San tribe is almost extinct as they were exploited deeply by other people for their way of living.