TRIBES OF ZAMBIA
CENTRAL PROVINCE
CHIEF
DISTRICT
TRIBE
CEREMONY
MONTH
Bisa/Swaka/Lala ChiefsMkushiBisa/Swaka/LalaInchibwela      September
Snr Chief MukuniChibombo            LenjeKulamba Kubwealo                        October
Chiefs Mumba and Kaindu         Mumbwa             Kaonde                            Musaka/Jikubi                               Septembe
Chief Chibuluma                        Mumbwa             Kaonde/Lla                       Likumbi Lyamalumbe                     October
COPPERBELT PROVINCE
CHIEF
DISTRICT
TRIBE
CEREMONY
MONTH
Snr Chief Mushili                         Masaiti                   Lamba                                Chabalankata                         November
Chief Machiya                             Mpongwe                Lamba                                Chitentamo/Nsengele              November
EASTERN PROVINCE
CHIEF
DISTRICT
TRIBE
CEREMONY
MONTH
Par. Chief Mpezeni                        Chipata                   Ngoni                                N'cwala                                   Februrary
Par. Chief Gawa Undi                      Katete                     Chewa                               Kulamba                                 August
Snr. Chief Kalindawalo                   Petauke                   Nsenge                             Tuwimba                                 October      
Snr. Chief Nsefu                            Mambwe                  Kunda                               Malaila                                   October
Snr. Chief Kambombo                    Chama                     Tumbuka                           Kwenje                                   October
LUAPULA PROVINCE
CHIEF
DISTRICT
TRIBE
CEREMONY
MONTH
Snr. Chief Mwewa                        Samfya                        Ng'umbo                         Kwanga                                   October
Snr. Chief Mununga                      Chienge                       Shila                               Mabilla                                    October
Snr. Chief Mwata Kazembe           Kawambwa                   Lunda                             Mutomboko                               July
Snr. Chief Puta                            Chienge                        Bwile                               Bwile                                       September
Snr. Chief Mushota                      Kawamba                      Chishinga                        Chishinga Malaila                     October
Chief Matanda                              Mansa                          Ushi                               Chibuka                                   October
Chief Mabumba                             Mansa                          Ushi                              Makumba                                 August
LUSAKA PROVINCE
CHIEF
DISTRICT
TRIBE
CEREMONY
MONTH
Snr. Chief Mburuma                      Luangwa                     Nsenga-Luzi                     Mbambala                               November
Chief Bunda Bunda                       Chinyunyu                  Soli                                  Chibwela  Kumushi                  November
Chieftainess Chiawa                       Kafue                         Goba                                Kailala                                   September
Chief Mabumba                             Mansa                          Ushi                              Makumba                                 August
NORTHERN PROVINCE
CHIEF
DISTRICT
TRIBE
CEREMONY
MONTH
Para. Chief Chitimukulu                Mungwi                         Bemba                            Ukusefya Pa Ng'wena                August
Snr. Chief Kopa                            Mpika                           Bisa                                Chinamanongo                        September
Snr. Chief Chunga                         Luwingu                        Bemba                            Mukulu  Pembe                       August
Snr. Chief Muyombe                      Isoka                           Tumbuka                         Vikamkanimba                        September
Chieftaness Nawaitwika                  Nakonde                     Namwanga                       Mulasa                                   September
Chief Nabwalya                             Mpika                           Bisa                                Bisa Malaila                           September
Snr. Chief Kafwimbi                       Isoka                           NNamwanga                    Ng'ondo                                   November
Chief Mwenechifungwe                  Isoka                           Mfungwe                          Chambo Chalutanga                  September
Chief Chiwanangala                     Chilubi Island                  Bisa                                Chisaka Chalubombo               September
Mambwe/Lungu Chiefs                   Mbala                          Mambwe/Lungu                 Mutomolo                                June
Chief Mabumba                             Mansa                          Ushi                              Makumba                                 August
N/WESTERN PROVINCE
CHIEF
DISTRICT
TRIBE
CEREMONY
MONTH
Snr. Chief Kanongesha              Mwinilunga                       Lunda                                Chisemwa Cha Lunda             August
Snr. Chief Kasempa                  Kasempa                         Kaonde                               Nsomo                                 June
Snr. Chief Kalilele                     Solwezi                            Kaonde                              Kupupa                                  July
Snr. Chief Ishindi                      Zambezi                            Lunda                                Lunda Lubanza                       August
Snr. Chief Sikufele                   Kabompo                           Mbunda                              Lukwakwa                             October
Snr. Chief Mushima                  Mufumbwe                        Kaonde                               Makundu                               August
Chief Mabumba                             Mansa                          Ushi                              Makumba                                 August
SOUTHERN PROVINCE
CHIEF
DISTRICT
TRIBE
CEREMONY
MONTH
Chief Mabumba                             Mansa                          Ushi                              Makumba                                 August
WESTERN PROVINCE
CHIEF
DISTRICT
TRIBE
CEREMONY
MONTH
Snr. Chief Kalunga                    Kabompo                           Luchazi                             Chivweka                               June
Chief Chiyengele                       Kabompo                          Mbunda                              Mbunda Liyoyelo                     July
Chief Kapijimpanga                   Solwezi                             Kaonde                              Kunyanta Ntanda                      July
Chief Chizera                          Mufumbwe                          Kaonde                              Ntongo                                    September
Chief Matebo                           Solwezi                              Lamba                               Kuvuluka Kishakulu                 September
Chief Makumbi                         Solwezi                              Kaonde                              Kufukwila                                 May
Chief Mumena                         Solwezi                              Kaonde                               Lubinda Ntongo                        August
Chief Mukuni                            Livingstone                        Toka Leya                              Lwindi                                   January 
Chief Monze                               Monze                            Tonga                                     Lwindi Gonde                         July
Chief Chikanta                             Kalomo                           Tonga                                    Chungu                                 October
Chief Musokotwane                      Kalomo                           Toka Leya                              Lukuni Luzwa Buuka               August
Chief Mutondo
Chief Siachitema                          Kalomo                          Tonga                                    Maanzi  Aabila Lwiindi             October
Litunga Lamboela                       Senanga                             Lozi                                     Kuomboka Nalolo                    May
Chieftainess Mboanjikana            Kalabo                              Lozi                                     Kuomboka Libonda                  May
Chiefs Mutondo and Kahare           Kaoma                             Nkoya                                   Kazanga                                July
The people of Africa are often viewed, from abroad, as belonging to a multitude of culturally and linguistically distinct tribes – which are often portrayed as being at odds with each other. Whilst there is certainly an enormous variety of different ethnic groups in Africa, most are closely related to their neighbours in terms of language, beliefs and way of life. Modern historians eschew the simplistic tags of 'tribes', noting that such groupings change with time.

Sometimes the word tribe is used to describe a group of people who all speak the same language; it may be used to mean those who follow a particular leader or to refer to all the inhabitants of a certain area at a given time. In any case, tribe is a vague word which is used differently for different purposes. The term 'clan' (blood relations) is a smaller, more precisely defined, unit – though rather too precise for our broad discussions here.

Certainly, at any given time, groups of people or clans who share similar language and cultural beliefs do band together and often, in time, develop 'tribal' identities. However, it is wrong to then extrapolate and assume that their ancestors will have had the same groupings and allegiances centuries ago.

In Africa, as elsewhere in the world, history is recorded by the winners. Here the winners, the ruling class, may be the descendants of a small group of intruders who achieved dominance over a larger, long-established community. Over the years, the history of that ruling class (the winners) usually becomes regarded as the history of the whole community, or tribe. Two 'tribes' have thus become one, with one history – which will reflect the origins of that small group of intruders, and not the ancestors of the majority of the current tribe.

Zambia is typical of a large African country. Currently historians and linguistics experts can identify at least 16 major cultural groupings, and more than 72 different dialects are spoken in the country. As you will see, there are cultural differences between the people in different parts of the country. However, these are no more pronounced than those between the states of the USA, or the different regions of the (relatively tiny) UK.

There continues to be lots of inter-marriage and mixing of these peoples and cultures – perhaps more so than there has ever been, due to the efficiency of modern transport systems. Generally, there is very little friction between these communities (whose boundaries, as we have said, are indistinct) and Zambia's various peoples live peacefully together.

Their are 9 Provinces in Zambia
The Traditional Ceremonies of the different tribes
The nine provinces of Zambia are divided into a total of 72 districts.