Peoples & Societies


In the tropical rain forests of southeastern Liberia, the Grebo peoples make their living through agriculture, fishing, hunting, and gathering. Rice is the principal crop, but cotton, okra, millet, and sorghum are also grown. The Grebo are ruled by a chief, who lives in absolute isolation. Grebo villages consist of cone cylinder huts grouped in family compounds around a central plaza. Today there are approximately three hundred thousand Grebo.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 301.

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