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 Yoruba Glass Beads
This article examines Yoruba glass bead-making industries. Written by Kwesi Amanfrafo, published on the National Bead Society web site.
[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]
 Types of Koli Beads Among the Krobo
This article includes a glossary of Krobo Koli terms with photographs of African-made or modified beads. Written by Kwesi Amanfrafo, published on the National Bead Society web site.
[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]
 The craft of basketry in southern africa
This article was written by E. M. Shaw of the South African Museum in Cape Town.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 The art of Ndebele beadwork
This article considers the history and the beadmaking traditions of the Ndebele. Written by Lindsay Hooper of the South African Museum in Cape Town.
[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]
 The African view of art and some problems facing the African artist
This article by Ben Enwonwu appears in Ijele: Art eJournal of the African World. "Art is not static. Like Culture, Art changes its form with the times. It is setting the clock back, to expect that the art form of Africa today, must resemble that of yesterday otherwise, the former will not reflect the African Image..."
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Sayings on East African Cloths
Khangas use a variety of African sayings, idioms, proverbs, slogans, expressions, idioms and riddles in Swahili and English. This article lists 308 sayings found on Khangas in Kenya and Tanzania. Collected and edited by Rev. Joseph G. Healey, of the Maryknoll Society mission in Tanzania. [pdf document]
[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]
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