7 images show how 'Black Panther' was inspired by African cultures

Feb. 15, 2018

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The new Marvel movie Black Panther takes place in the fictional African country of Wakanda, but the costumes and design are inspired by real peoples and places.

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Here are some of the real-life cultures and tribes that influenced the visuals in Black Panther.

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Some have been confirmed by costume designer Ruth Elaine Carter — and other parallels have been spotted by thoughtful fans on social media.

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The Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania

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The Suri people of South Sudan and Ethiopia

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The Himba people of Namibia and Angola

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The Dogon people of Mali

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The Tuareg people of the Sahara Desert

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The Basotho people of Lesotho

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The Ndebele people of South Africa

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