6326 Pages
    by Routledge

    Routledge is proud to be re-issuing this landmark series in association with the International African Institute. The series, originally published between 1950 and 1977, collected information on the peoples of Africa, using all available sources: archives, memoirs and reports as well as ethnographic research which, in 1945, had only just begun.

    Each volume in the Ethnographic Survey of Africa contains sections as follows:

    • Physical Environment
    • Linguistic Data
    • Demography
    • History & Traditions of Origin
    • Nomenclature
    • Grouping
    • Cultural Features: Religion, Witchcraft, Birth, Initiation, Burial
    • Social & Political Organization: Kinship, Marriage, Inheritance, Slavery, Land Tenure, Warfare & Justice
    • Economy & Trade
    • Domestic Architecture

    Each of the 50 volumes will be available to buy individually, in print or ebook formats and these are organized into regional sub-groups: East Central Africa, North-Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, West Central Africa, Western Africa, and Central Africa Belgian Congo.

    The volumes are supplemented with maps, which will be available to view on https://www.routledge.com/ or available as pdfs from the publishers.


    1. Mary Tew Peoples of the Lake Nyasa Region 2. Wilfred Whiteley Bemba and Related Peoples of Northern Rhodesia. Peoples of the Lower Luapula Valley 3. A.H.J. Prins The Coastal Tribes of the North-Eastern Bantu 4. Audrey Butt The Nilotes of the Sudan and Uganda 5. John Middleton The Kikuyu and Kamba of Kenya 6. G.W.B. Huntingford The Northern Nilo-Hamites 7. Pamela Gulliver The Central Nilo-Hamites 8. G.W.B. Huntingford The Southern Nilo-Hamites 9. P.T.W. Baxter and Audrey Butt The Azande, and Related Peoples of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan and Belgian Congo 10. J.S. La Fontaine The Gisu of Uganda 11. Margaret Chave Fallers The Eastern Lacustrine Bantu (Ganda, Soga)12. A.H.J. Prins The Swahili-Speaking Peoples of Zanzibar and the East African Coast (Arabs, Shirazi and Swahili) 13. Brian K. Taylor The Western Lacustrine Bantu (Nyoro, Toro, Nyankore, Kiga, Haya, and Ainza, with sections on the Amba and Konjo) 14. M. d'Hertefelt Les Anciens royaumes de la zone interlacustre meridionale (Rwanda, Burundi, Buha) 15. Roy G. Willis The Fipa and Related Peoples of South-West Tanzania and North-East Zambia 16. T.O. Beidelman The Matrilineal Peoples of Eastern Tanzania (Zaramo, Luguru, Kaguru, Ngulu)17. R.G. Abrahams The Peoples of Greater Unyamwezi, Tanzania 18. Sally Falk Moore The Chagga and Meru of Tanzania 19. I.M. Lewis Peoples of the Horn of Africa 20. G.W.B. Huntingford The Galla of Ethiopia. The Kingdoms of Kafa and Janjero 21. Ernesta Cerulli Peoples of South-West Ethiopia and Its Borderland 22. William A. Shack The Central Ethiopians Amhara, Tigrina and Related Peoples 23. Hilda Kuper The Swazi 24. V.G.J. Sheddick The Southern Sotho 25. I. Schapera The Tswana 26. Hilda Kuper, A. J. B. Hughes and J. van Velsen The Shona and Ndebele of Southern Rhodesia 27. Merran McCulloch The Southern Lunda and Related Peoples (Northern Rhodesia, Angola, Belgian Congo) 28. Merran McCulloch The Ovimbundu of Angola 29. V.W. Turner The Lozi Peoples of North-Western Rhodesia 30. M.A. Jaspan The Ila-Tonga Peoples of North-Western Rhodesia 31. Madeline Manoukian Akan and Ga-Adangme Peoples of the Gold Coast 32. M. McCulloch The Peoples of Sierra Leone (Protectorate) 33. Daryll Forde and G. I. Jones The Ibo and Ibibio-Speaking Peoples of South-Eastern Nigeria 34. Daryll Forde The Yoruba-Speaking Peoples of South-Western Nigeria 35. Madeline Manoukian Tribes of the Northern Territories of the Gold Coast 36. Madeline Manoukian The Ewe-Speaking People of Togoland and the Gold Coast 37. Harold D. Gunn Peoples of the Plateau Area of Northern Nigeria 38. Laura and Paul Bohannan The Tiv of Central Nigeria 39. Merran McCulloch Peoples of the Central Cameroons. Tikar. Bamum and Bamileke. Banen, Bafia and Balom 40. Daryll Forde, Paula Brown and Robert G. Armstrong Peoples of the Niger-Benue Confluence. The Nupe. The Igbira. The Igala. The Idioma-speaking Peoples 41. Edwin Ardener Coastal Bantu of the Cameroons 42. Harold D. Gunn Pagan Peoples of the Central Area of Northern Nigera 43. R.E. Bradbury The Benin Kingdom and the Edo-Speaking Peoples of South-Western Nigeria, together with a Section on the Itsekiri 44. David P. Gamble The Wolof of Senegambia, together with Notes on the Lebu and the Serer 45. Harold D. Gunn and F. P. Conant Peoples of the Middle Niger Region Northern Nigeria 46. J. Vansina Les Tribus Ba-Kuba et les peuplades apparentées 47. H. van Geluwe Les Bira et les Peuplades Limitrophes 48. H. van Geluwe Mamvu-Mangutu et Balese-Mvuba 49. H. Burssens Les Peuplades de l'entre Congo-Ubangi (Ngbandi, Ngbaka, Mbandja, Ngombe, et Gens d'Eau) 50. H. van Geluwe Les Bali et les peuplades apparentées (Ndaka-Mbo-Beke-Lika-Budu-Nyari)

    'For those about to embark on fieldwork it still provides a spring board for more theoretical research and for those engaged in wider analysis with suggestions of where the most useful material for comparison might be found.' Jean La Fontaine, London School of Economics

    ‘Written by experts, many volumes in the Ethnographic Survey of Africa have become classics. Generations of scholars and students have relied on them for an introduction to the ethnography of a particular African region. Taken together, because they all have the same structure and coverage, they remain an unsurpassed resource for comparative studies of traditional African societies.' Adam Kuper, London School of Economics

    Written by knowledgeable anthropologists for administrators, missionaries, development planners or scholars most of these volumes were soon much used and in great demand. Today most of these volumes have become secure points of entry into the study of the same populations as they are now half a century later. The surveys allow the user to precisely  evaluate continuities and changes and thereby tell an internal history of the populations involved. Once again the surveys promise to be invaluable to all those who are concerned with them whether they be historians, anthropologists, geographers or specialists and planners of all kinds such as demographers or environmentalists.’ Jan Vansina, University of Wisconsin-Madison