Peoples & Societies


The Suku peoples, of which there are about eighty thousand, have had a complex history in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With the Yaka, they invaded the Kongo kingdom and, years later, were themselves overtaken by the Yaka. Suku society is matrilineal and ruled by regional chiefs. Most Suku art is created as regalia for these chiefs. The Suku also craft power figures, masks, and wooden sculpture for ritual and everyday use.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 304.

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