Peoples & Societies

Igede

In the Benue State of central Nigeria, the Igede peoples live in farming villages of cone-cylinder huts. The Igede speak a language of the Kwa subfamily that is distinct from that of their northern neighbors, the Idoma, with whom the Igede are associated. The Igede are farmers, who also raise small herds of livestock, and traders. The funeral is perhaps the most important event of the life cycle for the Igede; consequently, much art is produced for funerary use and for the cult of ancestors. Today the Igede number around three hundred thousand people.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 302.

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