In chronological order; not complete:

An Ethnographic Bibliography of the Margi/Marghi

1857 Barth, Henrich.  Travels and discoveries in North and Central Africa. Vol. 2. Harper Bros.
1911 Alexander, D.  "Notes on ornaments of the Womdeo Pagans, who are a section of the Marghi pagans (female only)," Man 11:1.
1922 Temple, O.  Notes on the Tribes, Provinces, Emirates and States of the Northern Provinces of Nigeria. (second edition reprinted in 1965) pp.271-274
1931 Meek, C.K.  Tribal Studies in Northern Nigeria. pp. 213-251.
1959 Kirk-Greene, A.H.M.  “The mba ceremony of the Marghi,” The Nigerian Field, XXIV, No. 2 (reprinted as Appendix D in Adamawa Past and Present. 1958 by the same author.)
1961 Lembezat, B.  “Les montagnards du Mandara” (Section A), Les Populations Païennes du Nord-Cameroun et de l’Adamaoua. Presses Universitaires de France.
1961 Podlewski, A.M. “Enquête sur l’émigration des Mafa hors du pays Matakam,” Rech. Etud. Cameroun. 5:73-95.
This reference does not deal with the Margi; it deals with the demography of the Mafa who resided adjacent to and were in the process of penetrating the Gulak Margi in 1959. I consider his vital statistics to be valid for the Mandara Margi of that time.
1962 Vaughan, James H.  "Rock paintings and Rock Gongs Among the Marghi of Nigeria," Man, LXII (April), No. 83.
1963 Hoffmann, Carl.  A Grammar of the Margi Language. Oxford University Press.
Although not an ethnography, Hoffmann uses sentences and expressions--in Margi of course--that I have found to be very useful.
1964a Vaughan, James H.  "Culture, History, and Grass Roots Politics." American Anthropologist 66:1078-95.
1964b _         .  "Religion and World View of the Marghi," Ethnology 3:389-97.
1965 _         .  "Folklore and Values in Marghi Culture, Journal of the Folklore Institute 2:5-24.
1970 _         .  "Caste Systems in the Western Sudan" in Social Stratification in Africa, A. Tuden and L. Plotnicov (eds.)  Free Press.
1973 _         .  "The Ingkyagu as an Artist in Marghi Society," in The Traditional Artist in African Society, Warren d'Azevedo (ed.).  Indiana University Press.
1976 _         .  "Mafakur:  a Limbic Institution of the Marghi," in Slavery in Africa, Suzanne Miers and Igor Kopytoff (eds.).  University of Wisconsin Press.
1980 _         .  "A Reconsideration of Divine Kingship," in Explorations in African Systems of Thought, Ivan Karp and Charles S. Bird (eds.).  Indiana University Press.
1981 _         .  "Margi Resistance to Fulani Incorporation:  A Curious Resolution,"  in Image and Reality in African Interethnic Relations, Emily A. Schultz (ed.).  Studies in Third World Societies, No. 11.
1990 _         .  "Aging in a Rural African Village," Working Papers No. 2, Population Institute for Research and Teaching.  Indiana University. 
2000 _         .  The Margi of the Mandaras: A Society on the Verge.  Indiana University. 
2001 Amoni, Hajara Nijjida and Christopher Y. Mtaku.  "Ladir kwovi: a southern Marghi festival," Borno Museum Society newsletter. 46/47:65-77.  
2006 Bello I. Pur, Gulak Chiefdom:Historical Perspectives. AMS Publications Nigeria.

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