Fang. Ediz. Inglese

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Author: Louis Perrois

Publisher: 5Continents

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 154

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Fang art is one of the most distinguished arts of Black Africa. Its masks, with their facial markings, abstract features and strong, elegant lines, were among the most influential in 20th century modern art. Fang figures, called Bieri, are renowned for their child-like proportions contrasted with a muscular, poised vigilance. Fang art also includes iron currency and other objects that exhibit the traditional African ability to making everyday functional objects things of artistic merit. Fang reviews these artifacts and their social, ritual or symbolic characters. Statuettes related to ancestors, dance masks of the various rites, insignia of power, headdresses and jewellery, decorated music instruments and everyday utensils, all have an amazingly varied aesthetic creativity, in harmony with their profuse world of beliefs and myths.

Marcus Garvey and the Vision of Africa

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Author: John Henrik Clarke

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 496

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Explores Garvey's life and crusade to return Black people to the African motherland

Pende

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Author: Z. S. Strother

Publisher: 5Continents

ISBN: 9788874393848

Category: Art

Page: 128

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Lavish illustrations feature both iconic and never-before-published Pende masterworks, selected to

Kuba

Visions of Africa Series

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Author: David Binkley,Patricia Darish

Publisher: 5Continents

ISBN: 9788874394043

Category: History

Page: 144

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The latest volume in the Visions of Africa series explores the intriguing sculpture and decorative art of the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Best known for their king figures (ndop), considered among the greatest sculptural achievements of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Kuba actually produced little freestanding sculpture. Instead, they focused on a variety of decorative works that indicated success and achievement, and initiation-related pieces such as masks. The first book on this subject, Kuba examines the tribe's artistic development, from the 17th century through the turbulent colonial and post-colonial periods. The authors also explore the impact of Kuba beliefs on their art and discuss the pervasive concerns that inform the tribe's art-making. With fifty beautifully reproduced examples and an engaging, informative text, Kuba is a fascinating introduction to African art.

Yoruba

Visions of Africa Series

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Author: Babatunde Lawal

Publisher: 5Continents

ISBN: 9788874395873

Category: Art

Page: 160

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Art features prominently in the culture of the Yoruba, a people numbering more than 25 million and subdivided into different kingdoms in Nigeria and adjacent regions. It both enriches life and is used to venerate and influence deities. This new book explores the archaeological and historical evidence that suggests that by the beginning of the second millennium, many Yoruba kingdoms had become major urban centers with highly developed economic, cultural, political, and religious institutions. Drawing on field observations, contextual analyses, oral sources, and published materials, this book offers insight into the poetics and dynamics of Yoruba art and the belief that the “beautiful” or “well-made” generates a special power that commands attention.

African Cities

Alternative Visions of Urban Theory and Practice

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Author: Professor Garth Myers

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1780321333

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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In this groundbreaking book, Garth Myers uses African urban concepts and experiences to speak back to theoretical and practical concerns. He argues for a re-visioning - a seeing again, and a revising - of how cities in Africa are discussed and written about in both urban studies and African studies. Cities in Africa are still either ignored - banished to a different, other, lesser category of not-quite cities - or held up as examples of all that can go wrong with urbanism in much of the mainstream and even critical urban literature. Myers instead encourages African studies and urban studies scholars across the world to engage with the vibrancy and complexity of African cities with fresh eyes. Touching on a diverse range of cities across Africa - from Zanzibar to Nairobi, Cape Town to Mogadishu, Kinshasa to Dakar - the book uses the author's own research and a close reading of works by other scholars, writers and artists to help illuminate what is happening in and across the region's cities.

Guro

Visions of Africa Series

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788874397327

Category:

Page: 160

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This is the first book on the Guro, who live in the Ivory Coast in close contact with the neighboring Wan, Baule, Yaure, and Bete. For the Guro, the importance of masks goes well beyond aesthetics; they can be considered emblematic, allowing those who wear them to lay claim to their identity as Guro. Despite the effects of French colonization on the Ivory Coast, weakening the prestige of men whose power once resulted from hunting and war activities, the continuation of complex rituals utilizing masks allows these same men to preserve a form of political and religious control. By separating the categories of masks between those created for blood sacrifices to honor spiritual entities and those made for performances at funerals, political demonstrations, and even tourist events, the Guro have reinvented, galvanized, and readapted perfectly integrated rituals to a contemporary society in constant change.

Visions of Freedom

Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991

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Author: Piero Gleijeses

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469609681

Category: History

Page: 655

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Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991

Luba

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Author: Mary Nooter Roberts,Allen F. Roberts

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780823920020

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

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Surveys the history, culture, and contemporary life of the Luba people of Zaire.

Chokwe

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Author: Boris Wastiau

Publisher: 5Continents

ISBN: 9788874392933

Category: Art

Page: 140

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This introduction to the sculpture of one of the best-known peoples in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo focuses exclusively on sculpture in the round. After situating the Chokwe in a temporal and spatial context, successive chapters look at figurines used in the divination ritual, statues related to the hamba possession cults, ancient traditional statuary (eighteenth and nineteenth centuries) known as the "homeland style", court objects reserved for the warrior aristocracy and the wooden masks associated with the chieftaincies and the initiation rites surrounding circumcision. Particular attention is paid to the precious figures of Chibinda Ilunga, the civilising hero of the origin myths, almost all of which came to Europe in the nineteenth century, as well as to stools, whose symbolism and function give insights into the Chokwe's religious beliefs and the hierarchical structure of the chieftaincies. Some fifteen field photographs, many previously unpublished prints from the archives of the ethnographic section of the Musee royal de l'Afrique centrale (Tervuren), illustrate the text. Book jacket.

Visions of Africa

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Author: David Wall

Publisher: Struik Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Travel

Page: 168

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A showcase of the beauty, wildlife and cultures of Africa. Covering the whole continent, the book is divided into four regions: north; east; west; and south. Each region is introduced by an essay on the landscape and people, and informative captions provide further information on particular places, animals or peoples. There are photographs of the Sahara Desert, the rock churches of Ethiopia, the rain forests of equatorial Africa, the wildlife of the East African savannah, the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, and the rainbow nation of South Africa.

Lobi

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Author: Daniela Bognolo

Publisher: 5Continents

ISBN: 9788874393503

Category: Art

Page: 147

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The art of the Lobi, an ethnic group of southwest Burkina Faso, has given rise to a world of unusual objects that can be divided into two broad functional groups, one characterised by ancestral cult objects, the other, by figures used in strictly private and propitiatory practices. This society, among the most complex in the Voltaic area, has developed an art form in which the sculptures serve as an everyday reminder of the group's ancestors. The eternal presence of the ancestors' spirits, whether they are recognised as official ancestors or simply as incomplete ancestors, determines the production of objects, which are used in the management of social and religious affairs. This volume examines the role sculpture plays - making tangible that which is no longer corporeal - in the Lobi culture. An analysis of the works reveals functional affinities between the objects and brings to light many influences which, over the years, have blended into the formal designs of the most renowned sculptors. The volume features a selection of masterpieces from the most prestigious private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Musée Dapper and Musée du quai Branly of Paris, and the British Museum of London. Visions of Africa is a series devoted to the arts of Africa grouped according to the different populations. Each volume follows two main guidelines: one, visual and aesthetic, offers a selection of photographs of masterpieces while the other, theoretic and contextual, explores, for a broad public, the significance of these items within the population that created them. The series presents a set of introductory books for readers wishing to discover the arts of the different populations and of reference books for those who intend to learn more about them. Also available in the Visions of Africa series: Chokwe ISBN 10: 88 7439 293 1 ISBN 13: 9788874392933 Fang ISBN 10: 88 7439 295 8 ISBN 13: 9788874392957 Luba ISBN 10: 88 7439 297 4 ISBN 13: 9788874392971 Senufo ISBN 10: 88 7439 299 0 ISBN 13: 9788874392995 Pende ISBN 10: 8874393849 ISBN 13: 9788874393848 Bamana ISBN 10:8874393482 ISBN 13: 9788874393480

Social Problems in Africa

New Visions

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Author: Apollo Rwomire

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275963439

Category: Political Science

Page: 242

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Rwomire (social work, U. of Botswana) presents a collection of 12 separately authored chapters by African scholars in the fields of cultural, political, and economic studies that attempts to provide a unitary exploration of the nature of social problems across the African continent. After theoretica

Baule

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Author: N.A

Publisher: 5Continents

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 169

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The Baule descend from the Akan peoples who inhabit Ghana and the Ivory Coast. Three hundred years ago the Baule people migrated westward from Ghana when the Asante rose to power. The Baule now reside at the center of the Ivory Coast and possess one of the most diversified of arts cultures. They employ different media, including wooden sculpture, gold and brass casting similar to their Asante ancestors, and mask and figure carvings. Their art is so varied that one might imagine some works originate from different cultures: what is there in common between a flat mask-disc and an idealized face mask which nevertheless come from a single ceremony? Or between a glazed statuette of a man or woman, and a monkey figure with the head of a dog, coated in coagulated blood? Their art encompasses every form of creation: not only masks and statuettes, but also sculpted doors, decorated divination boxes, gold jewels. The book presents a selection of Baule masterpieces from public and private collections worldwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of African art (Smithsonian), Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, Fowler Museum of UCLA, University of Pennsylvania Museum.

Making History in Banda

Anthropological Visions of Africa's Past

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Author: Ann Brower Stahl

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139428866

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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Drawing on evidence from several disciplines, Ann Brower Stahl reconstructs the daily lives of Banda villagers of west central Ghana, from the time that they were drawn into the Niger trade (around AD 1300) until British overrule was established early in the twentieth century. The case study aims to closely integrate perspectives drawn from archaeology, history and anthropology in African studies.

Baga

Visions of Africa Series

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Author: Marie Yvonne Curtis

Publisher: Visions of Africa

ISBN: 9788874398201

Category: Art

Page: 152

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The 18th volume in the successful reference Visions of Africa series, Baga introduces the art and traditions of this small rice-growing community living along the coast of Guinea in West Africa. Their extraordinary sculptures, wooden masks, and statues of various sizes as well as wonderful percussion instruments, chiefs' seats, and other skillfully carved utilitarian objects are presented in superb photographs. The relationships of these works to the culture and traditions of the Baga people--manifestation of divinities, ancestor worship, rites of passage, secret brotherhoods, and weddings, funerals, and harvesting--is brilliantly investigated by the author, who also analyzes the influence of colonization and newly introduced religions on more recent practices.

African Voices, African Visions

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Author: Olugbenga Adesida,Arunma Oteh

Publisher: Nordic Africa Institute

ISBN: 9789171065308

Category: Political Science

Page: 217

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In this book, the voices of a new generation of Africa are heard, exploring the future from personal and diverse perspectives. The authors have enumerated the ills of Africa, analyzed the problems and explored the opportunities. Remarkably, despite the daunting nature of the challenges, they were all hopeful about the future.

Our Lady of Kibeho

Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa: Easyread Large Edition

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Author: Immacule Ilibagiza

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458743179

Category: Religion

Page: 292

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This deeply personal and moving story is certain to help spread the message of love, hope, and peace delivered in Kibeho throughout the world - a world desperately in need of Divine inspiration. ''This is a remarkable story of how Rwanda, a country divided by ethnic hatred and shattered by one of history's bloodiest genocides, is reuniting and healing itself through a singular faith in the enduring love and forgiveness of the Virgin Mary. No matter what your race, religion, political affiliation, or personal belief system, you will be inspired by Our Lady of Kibeho - a true story of the power of faith and the great potential of forgiveness.'' - JOHN FUND, columnist for The Wall Street Journal ''Why did God send the Queen of Heaven and Earth, mother of Christ, and mother of all peoples to Kibeho, Rwanda? Why did the Blessed Virgin choose to come into the heart of rural Africa with messages for the entire world? Immacule, like a flower that has sprung from the soil of Kibeho, has dedicated her life to addressing these questions and helping us to understand the messages the Blessed Mother delivered to three visionaries here, messages that echo the powerful truths of the gospel. The redeeming love of the Blessed Mother lives on in Kibeho and is here for the world to discover. Immacule has captured that love in Our Lady of Kibeho. If you read this book, it will change your life.''

Yaka

Visions of Africa Series

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Author: Arthur Bourgeois

Publisher: 5Continents

ISBN: 9788874395156

Category: Art

Page: 132

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"For over a century, the Yaka, who live in the southwestern corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have produced figurative statuettes, masks, and other objects that have fascinated explorers, merchants and traders, colonial officials, missionaries, and collectors of African art. This book brings together some of the earliest as well as some of the most visually striking examples with a view toward their context in ceremony and curative rituals, namely, their use in chiefly installations, "institutions of affliction," and n-khanda initiation to manhood. Also explored is their interplay with primary artifacts and overarching concepts within Yaka society such as leadership, divination, and sorcery. Moreover, art objects are embedded in the history of a people with earlier and later examples and nuanced changes that occur in society, not the least of which include colonial influences and "anti-fetish" religious movements." -- Publisher's description