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Thread on African tribes/cultures featured in #BlackPanther. #Wakanda
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Mursi and Surma Lip Plates. Lip plates or disks are a form of ceremonial body modification. While many cultures use them they're best known by the Surma and Mursi tribes in Ethiopia. #BlackPanther #Wakanda pic.twitter.com/gkrfA3AC70
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Zulu headdress. Queen Ramonda wears a distinct headdress. It's reminiscent of the reed Zulu flared hats or "Isicholos." The Zulu headdresses are traditionally worn by married women for ceremonial celebrations. pic.twitter.com/5YSIqKjkMg
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Many of the costumes have unique and futuristic ornamentation and details. These were made by emulating styles of the Masai people. The Maasai people of East Africa live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. #BlackPanther #Wakanda pic.twitter.com/SjTE7kMGYL
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Igbo Mask. In one scene Erik Killmonger wears a mask. The masks, known as Mgbedike, are distinguished by the large size and bold masculine features. They are used in Igbo rituals and are designed to contrast the female dancers with their more feminine beauty. #BlackPanther pic.twitter.com/ZMkcpUCSsz
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Basotho Blanket. In several scenes, W'Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) and others are shown wearing Basotho blankets around their necks. Though the blankets are originally from the Lesotho people the designs are synonymous with the Sesotho people. #BlackPanther #Wakanda pic.twitter.com/XU1RlspXTt
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Ndebele Neck Rings. Shuri and the Dora Milaje have outfits with a prominent collar. The South Ndebele peoples of Zimbabwe/South Africa wear neck rings as part of their traditional dress and as a sign of wealth and status. #BlackPanther #Wakanda pic.twitter.com/3L010CrUAU
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Many of the costumes have a distinctive red earthy tone. This was done by studying the colors used by the Himba people of north-western Namibia. Himba people are known for applying a red ochre paste, known as "otjize", to their skin and hair. #BlackPanther #Wakanda pic.twitter.com/K8eqmwNpcg
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Forest Whittaker plays shaman Zuri who's the spiritual leader of Wakanda. He wears ornate flowing robes known as an Agbada. It's one of the names for a flowing wide-sleeved robe worn by men/women in much of West Africa, and North Africa. #BlackPanther  #Wakanda pic.twitter.com/APqePaPMX1
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There was a lot of inspiration taken from the Dogon people. They live in the central plateau region of Mali, in West Africa. #BlackPanther Wakanda pic.twitter.com/PmcfrDiEWb
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Tuareg scarfs. Several characters in the film wear large scarves covering their head and face. These are similar to the ones worn by the Tuareg people. The Tuareg people inhabit an area in North and West Africa. #BlackPanther #Wakanda pic.twitter.com/81D1SoIbQF
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Other tribes of sartorial inspiration were the Turkana people in Kenya. #BlackPanther #Wakanda pic.twitter.com/cRtHbFU9NG
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The language spoken in #Wakanda  is Xhosa, a language spoken by over 19 million people in Southern Africa. pic.twitter.com/oSsaWt7uHY
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Danai Gurira is from Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 pic.twitter.com/CzX0QaK1Pe
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Florence Kasumba is from Uganda 🇺🇬 pic.twitter.com/yQQewXR9ZV
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Daniel Kaluuya is from Uganda 🇺🇬 pic.twitter.com/TOeO8PWnng
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Lupita Nyong'o is from Kenya 🇰🇪 pic.twitter.com/H9ncRnPiZy
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John Kani is from South Africa 🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/FFoNveDQee
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Did y'all catch when our sis Lupita begins the film fighting for enslaved girls in Nigeria. Lupita learned to speak Hausa for certain scenes in the film. She also trained in judo, jujitsu, silat and Filipino martial arts.
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Michael B. Jordan's bumpy, ritualistic tribal markings on his chest and torso resemble the scar tattoos of the Mursi and Surma tribes in Ethiopia. #BlackPanther #Wakanda pic.twitter.com/bt7sPiLNaL
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T'Challa's Kente scarf. Kente, known as nwentom in Akan, is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the Akan people of Ghana. #BlackPanther #Wakanda pic.twitter.com/7a7oOhOp1H
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The Black women who spent months researching & making #Wakanda come to life. Ruth Carter- costume designer and Hannah Beachler- production designer. #BlackPanther #Wakanda pic.twitter.com/F3v8GfmuQR
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Did ya'll hear this song? Its from South Africa. Babes wodumo Ft Mampintsha - Wololo #BlackPanther #Wakanda pic.twitter.com/hr1sPjV6hh
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Can we take a moment to appreciate how Africans across the continent came out for #BlackPanther movie premiere! This is Lagos, Nigeria. #Wakanda pic.twitter.com/c13TTkWNrn
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