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 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]
 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]
 Contemporary Visual Art from Ghana
George Hughes, a painter from Ghana who works and lives in the U.S., writes about the state of Ghanaian arts today. This article is published online in the Virtual Museum Of Contemporary African Art.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Limited Edition Ghana Powder Glass Beads
This article by Kwesi Amanfrafo, published on the National Bead Society web site, takes a rather glum look at the intervention of western product designers working with Krobo bead makers in Ghana to develop new products in the early 1990s.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 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]
 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]
 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]
 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]
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