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<email@example.com> Franz Heimer wrote: > Africans use this term when expressing themselves in > European languages. In African languages they use > differentiated terms & concepts. I would agree that this is a central set of points. It is also worth noting that there are different registers in which "tribe" is used. I personally don't think we as scholars of African studies need to do more now than make the case for not using this term in international scholarship where it runs into a lot of problems. I also think it is worth treating the African terminologies (that is the terms in African languages) for peoples and population groups more seriously as alternate ways of framing socio-cultural realities. In my dissertation some years ago on pastoral systems in the inland Niger delta of Mali I adopted a local term, sii or siya which covered sets of identity that included both what we in English sometimes refer to as ethnic groups and as "castes" (another problematic term). In this case it actually was less differentiated than in English, but it fit the context and the need.