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    Yoruba (Heritage Library of African Peoples)

    Gr 7-10--Instead of attempting to describe the huge and complex African continent in terms of its political divisions, these titles focus on ethnic groups, which are most often transnational. Yoruba introduces one of the largest ethnic groups in sub-Saharan Africa. Because they were one of the peoples most dramatically affected by the slave trade, their culture has extended to the New World also, particularly Brazil. The current difficult political situation in Nigeria, home to most Yoruba, is well documented here. Herero outlines the three distinct subgroups that share similar language and culture in the modern countries of Botswana, Angola, and Namibia. Condensing their complex history into 60 pages necessarily leaves out a lot. The short chapters include information about religion and culture, but emphasize the political history of the Herero, who were mercilessly persecuted by the German colonialists and later by South Africans. Maps and average-quality full-color photographs appear in both books. Worthwhile additions for historical and current information. [michael_o._anda]_yoruba__heritage_library_of_afri_bokos-z1_

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