The Life of Olaudah Equiano

In his autobiography, what does Equiano tell us about his tribal customs?

What does Equiano tell us about his tribal customs in his autobiography?  

Why is he telling the reader this?

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This chapter, and its treatise on the Iboe people (a more common denotation for this tribe), is most assuredly indebted to 18th century travel writings that Equiano would have been very familiar with. It is unlikely that Equiano would have remembered much about his home even if he had been born there; he wrote the Narrative at the age of forty-five, and was kidnapped at age ten. His name does not seem to be from the Iboe language, and the two specifically mentioned places, Essaka and Timnah, seem to have vanished from the maps. You can read all about his tribal customs in chapter one. They are included in the GradeSaver summary link below: