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Title:Folk Culture and Architecture in Northeastern Nigeria
Author:Saad, Hamman T.
Year:1991
Periodical:Paideuma
Volume:37
Pages:253-289
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Subjects:dwellings
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Architecture and the Arts
Abstract:This paper examines the traditional dwellings of a number of ethnic groups in the northeastern region of Nigeria, with a view to highlighting the influences of various cultural and physical elements on the settlements and dwelling forms. The samples presented, although contemporary, are not representative of present-day trends, since current dwellings are in a state of rapid transition as a result of social and economic changes and the introduction of modern materials and forms of construction. The author examines the architecture of eight ethnic groups which are generally referred to as the 'minority tribes' in the region, as opposed to the 'majority' Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri. These minority tribes are clustered into three groups: the Mandara highlanders, comprising the Higgi, Marghi and Burra; the Benue Valley dwellers, consisting of the Bachama and the riverine Jukun; and the Jos Plateau cluster, made up of the Angas, Rukuba and Taroh. The clustering is based on proximity and similarity in environmental setting rather than on linguistic or cultural affinity. A description is given of compound structures, dwellings, construction techniques, and household furniture. Bibliogr.
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