The Yoruba are one of the largest cultural groups in Africa. The Yoruba people live on the west coast of Africa in Nigeria and in the eastern Republics of Benin and Togo. The Yoruba have been living in advanced urban kingdoms for more than 1,500 years. They have created a strong economy through farming, trading and art production. Their outstanding and unique artistic traditions include woodcarving, sculpture, metal work, textiles and beadwork.
Because the majority of the slaves brought to the Americas were from West Africa, Yoruba descendants can also be found in Brazil, Cuba, the Caribbean and the United States. There are also many Yoruba living in Britain. Currently, there are about forty million Yoruba world-wide.
The contents include: a full color teaching guide with learning materials on early Yoruba history and culture; food, agriculture and employment; traditional religious beliefs; divination; music; dance and the Yoruba in modern day Nigeria and in the Diaspora. The kit also includes a tape of Yoruba music and a short video demonstrating the creation of traditional Yoruba woodcarving, weaving and pottery. Examples of teaching kit objects that students may handle in the classroom include various wood and calabash carvings along with leather and beaded bags.