North Bantuid

Group: Bantuid


Widespread Bantuid variety of East Africa with relatively narrow noses, possibly due to Ethiopid influence. Found from South Somalia to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, especially in Ganda, Hutu, Nyoro, Hehe, Gogo, Chaga, Sukuma, Nyamwezi, Swahili, mixed in Hemba, Kikuyu, Kamba, and others. As early as 1000 years ago slavery brought it to Arabia and Iran, from 1500 CE on it expanded south to Namibia and gave rise to Herero and others.

Physical Traits:

Dark brown skin, usually kinky, sometimes peppercorn hair. Medium tall, brachyskelic, mesomorph. Dolicho- mesocephalic, chamae- orthocranic. Rather wide face. Meso- platyrrhine nose, narrower than in other Bantuids. Mouth large, lips rather full. Eyes often narrow. Prognathy and receding chin occasionally found.


The North Bantuid variety was defined by Eickstedt (1934) and kept later as North Kafrid (Eickstedt, 1951; Schwidetzky, 1965; Hirschberg, 1974) or alternatively East Bantuid (Vogel, 1974). Usually part of Kaf(f)rid (Baumann, 1952; Lundman, 1967; Baker, 1981) or Zambesid / South Africanid (Chabeuf, 1959; Vallois, 1971).

Similar types:

Nilo Hamitic East Ethiopid
South Ethiopid Sandawe
Central Bantuid South Bantuid
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