Tribes of Liberia

There are officially 17 ethnic groups that make up Liberia's indigenous African population, making up maybe 95% of the total: Kpelle, the largest group; Bassa, Gio, Kru, Grebo, Mandingo, Mano, Krahn, Gola, Gbandi, Loma, Kissi, Vai, Sapo, Belleh (Kuwaa), Mende and Dey.

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Kpelle. The Kpelle people are the largest ethnic group in Liberia, occupying much of central Liberia and extending into Guinea, where they are sometimes called the Guerze; they speak a language of the Mande branch of the Niger-Congo family.  Read More

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Bassa. Bassa is one of the main languages of Liberia and has about 409,000 speakers. There is also a small Bassa speaking population in Sierra Leone. Bassa reside predominantly in Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Montserrado counties in Liberia. Read more

Source: National African Language Resource Center (NALRC), at Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana (USA), established in 1999, is a federally funded, non-profit national foreign language center dedicated to the advancement of African language teaching and learning in the United States.