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 Akan Cultural Symbols Project
"This project is designed as an educational resource to show the relationships between Akan visual arts and Akan verbal genres." The web site has sections covering various arts of Ghana: architecture, metal casting, textiles, wood carving and pottery. The site's authors have also produced a book Cloth as Metaphor which can be ordered from the site.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Art and Life in Africa Project
A companion web site to the Art and Life in Africa CD-ROM Project of the University of Iowa. The site contains an online version of the Teacher's Guide, a databank of 47 lesson plans, and profiles of 107 African Cultures and 27 Sub-Saharan African Countries.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 The Art of Burkina Faso
By Christopher D. Roy, Professor of Art History at the University of Iowa. This extensive text examines the history of the various peoples who live in present day Burkina Faso. Various crafting traditions are examined - furniture, pottery, jewelry, weaving - with particular attention to the masking traditions. There is also a cross-cultural comparative stylistic summary for the various peoples of the region - Mossi, Gurunsi, Bwa, Bobo, Marka-Dafing. Great ethnographic images (click on the embedded links to see them).
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Orilonise: The Hermeneutics of the Head and Hairstyles among the Yoruba
"The emphasis on the head (Ori) in Yoruba figure sculpture goes beyond its biological importance as the seat of the brain that controls the body. It reveals the anthropocentric nature of Yoruba cosmology". This article by Babatunde Lawal is published on the Tribal Arts web site.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 African Sculptural Art
A collection of papers, authored by Dr. H.E. Roese, dicuss the topics of ancient sculptures of South Africa, 19th century sculptures of West Africa, and modern sculptures of Zimbabwe.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Faking African Art
"A five-year investigation reveals that most West African terra-cotta sculptures are fakes that have fooled specialists, sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and ended up in some of the world's most prestigious museums." Article by Michel Brent, published in Archaeology Magazine in 2001.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 The exhibition and conservation of African objects: considering the nontangible
Addressed to conservators, "this paper is an attempt to look at nontangible attributes associated with African objects and how these attributes affect treatment decisions that we make in a nonindigenous setting, that is, in art conservation laboratories, studios, or exhibition planning meetings." By Stephen P. Mellor, published in the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Masks Rock Africa's Cradle of Voodoo, Explorer Says
A short article in National Geographic about present day Gelede and Egungun mask dances in Benin and Togo.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Unique Dogon Culture Survives in West Africa
A short article in National Geographic about present day rituals and dances among the Dogon in Mali.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 African Connections: Perspectives on Collecting Culture
This exhibit presents some of the gifts of artifacts given by donors to the Michigan State University Museumís collection of African art. Along with the pieces and information about these, there are "statements prepared by each of the major donors/collectors that provide insights into the meaning of some of the objects as well as how and why they were collected."
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
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