Peoples & Societies
Thirty-five individual chiefdoms make up the Songye territory west of the Lualaba River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Songye are historically related to their Bantu-speaking neighbors, the Hemba and Luba peoples, through their society and artistic styles are unique. The one million Songye peoples, who farm and hunt, are renowned for their visual arts, especially expressive masks for the kifwebe secret society.
Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 304.
- University of Iowa Museum of Art, Art & Life in Africa
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