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The third largest ethno-linguistic group in Sierra Leone who today occupy a wishbone-shaped territory in the north-west of the country. They have no traditions of migration and appear to have been settled in the interior of Sierra Leone as early as the 16th century. Until recently they have been one of the groups least affected by colonial and post-colonial development and they have a reputation for conservativism. Their distinctive cultural traditions remain relatively intact.

  • R.Finnegan, Survey of the Limba People of Sierra Leone (London 1965)
  • W.A.Hart, 'Woodcarving of the Limba of Sierra Leone', African Arts, 1989, XXIII, 1, 44-53.
  • S.Ottenberg, 'The beaded belts of Bafodea', African Arts, 1992, XXV, 2, 64-75.
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