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Pre contact African Societies

Pre contact African Societies - Africa before Europe Pre...

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Africa before Europe Pre contact African Societies Agricultural societies and pastoral communities Political organization – village communities Division of labor – men’s work, women’s work Based on kinship ideology Each region in Africa evolved differently, based on the regions geography and climate as well as its interaction with other peoples Language and History Four major language groups Linguists trace a family of languages back to original parent language Established a language genealogy or family tree and examine various branches Examine movement of people away from original language Bantu- family of African languages belonging to Niger-Congo group stretching across most of Sub Saharan Africa Word stem – ntu – common to the languages of this family, means person Prefix – ba- also common to many of these languages, denotes plural Bantu family most widespread of the niger-congo language o
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