Peoples & Societies


During the 18th century the Zande peoples began to emerge from groups of people who were moving from the west toward the forests of central Africa. Today, the Zande inhabit an area that spans the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, and southern Sudan. Although Zande art is very similar to that of the neighboring Mangebetu peoples, it is not intended for royal use. Rather, Zande artists create musical instruments and carved statutes for secret societies. The Central Sudanic-speaking Zande number about one million.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 305.

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