Roughly one-third of the indigenous population lives in the north, including Voltaic peoples in the northeast and Mandé in the northwest.The Fêtes des Masques, (Festival of Masks) held in December in the region of Man is one of Ivory Coast's biggest and best-known festivals.The Akan is the major cultural group of the Ivory Coast, with a population of approximately 8 million.The Baule, the Akye, the Anye, the Asante and the Aowin are all Akan peoples.The Baule migrated westward from Ghana when the Asante rose to power.
In the southern half of the country, the East Atlantic and West Atlantic cultures, separated by the Bandama River, each make up almost one-third of the indigenous population.
The Baoulé, the Dan (or Yacouba) and the Senoufo are all known for their wooden carvings. Some of the major artists are: There are more than 60 ethnic groups in the Ivory Coast, the key ones being the Baoulé in the center, the Agri in the east, the Senufo in the north, the Dioula in the northwest and west, the Bété in the center-west and the Dan-Yacouba in the west.
Other groups, such as the Akan and their sub-groups the Akye, Anye, and Aowin also make up a large part of the population.
Maquis normally feature braised chicken and fish smothered in onions and tomatoes, served with attiéké, or kedjenou, a chicken dish made with vegetables and a mild sauce.
One of the tastiest street-vended foods is aloko, which is ripe banana in palm oil, spiced with steamed onions and chili, and eaten alone or with grilled fish. The traditional music style of many of the ethnic groups of Ivory Coast is characterized by a series of rhythms and melodies that occur simultaneously, without one dominating the other.