From Afar to Zulu: A Dictionary of African Cultures

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Describes thirty distinctive ethnic African tribes, from pre-Islamic days to the present, providing facts about their history, social structure, religion, traditions, environment, and daily life

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Jim Haskins is the author of over one hundred books and has an unrivaled background in writing African-American nonfiction for young readers. Among his many awards is the "Coretta Scott King Medal", which he received in 1977 for The Story of Stevie Wonder. Since then, he has won six Honor citations. Mr. Haskins splits his time between Gainesville, Florida, and New York City.

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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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