Topic Essays

Topic Name Author Institution
Art from the Ijo Spirit World Martha G. Anderson Alfred University
Puppet Masquerades in the Valley of the Niger Mary Jo Arnoldi National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Weaving in Southern Nigeria Lisa Aronson Skidmore College
Art and Rule in the Benin Kingdom Barbara W. Blackmun Professor Emeritus, San Diego Mesa College
Art and Initiation Among the Yaka and Suku Arthur Bourgeois Professor Emeritus, Governors State University
Mbari: Art as Process in Igboland Herbert M. Cole Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara
Igbo Art in Social Context Herbert M. Cole Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara
Kuba Art and Rule Joseph Aurélien Cornet (1919 - 2004) Formerly Institute for National Museums of Congo
Benin Kingdom Leadership Regalia Kathy Curnow Cleveland State University
Yoruba Gelede Masquerade Henry J. Drewal University of Wisconsin, Madison
Sculpture of the Bamana Jo Society Kate Ezra Yale University Art Gallery (formerly Columbia College of Art)
Bamana Women’s Pottery Barbara Frank SUNY at Stony Brook
Akan Leadership Art and Ceremony Michelle Gilbert Trinity College
Textiles in Mali Rachel Hoffman Formerly University of California, Los Angeles
Art and Initiation in Western Zambia Manuel Jordán Musical Instrument Museum (formerly Birmingham Museum of Art)
Young Women in Contemporary Zulu Society Sandra Klopper University of Cape Town
Life in the Cameroon Grasslands Hans-Joachim Koloss (1938 - 2013) Formerly Museum für Völkerkunde
Art of the Bamana Blacksmith Patrick McNaughton Indiana University
Luba Art and Divination Mary Nooter Roberts University of California, Los Angeles
Art and Life Among the Zaramo of Tanzania Diane Pelrine Indiana University Art Museum
Ifa Divination John Pemberton III Professor Emeritus, Amherst College
Women's Art and Initiation in Mendeland Ruth Phillips, Henrietta Cosentino and Rebecca Busselle (R.P.) Carleton University
Islam and Islamic Arts in Africa Allen F. Roberts University of California, Los Angeles (formerly University of Iowa)
The Status of Dogon Visual Culture Allen F. Roberts University of California, Los Angeles (formerly University of Iowa)
Akan Leadership Arts Doran Ross Formerly Fowler Museum, UCLA
Military Arts of the Fante Doran Ross Formerly Fowler Museum, UCLA
Nature, Spirits and Arts in Burkina Faso Christopher D. Roy University of Iowa
The Art of Burkina Faso Christopher D. Roy University of Iowa
Signs and Symbols in African Art: Graphic Patterns in Burkina Faso Christopher D. Roy University of Iowa
Do in Leaves and Wood Among the Bobo and the Bwa Christopher D. Roy University of Iowa
Mangbetu Royal Art and Herbert Lang, 1902-1906 Enid Schildkrout Museum for African Art (formerly American Museum of Natural History)
Masquerades Among the Dan People William Siegmann (1943 - 2011) Formerly The Brooklyn Museum
Akan Brass Casting Raymond Silverman University of Michigan
Art and Architecture in Northern Ghana Fred T. Smith Kent State University
Frafra Leatherwork and Brass Bangles Fred T. Smith Kent State University
Art and Death in Southern Côte d’Ivoire Robert Soppelsa US State Department / Art in Embassies (formerly Washburn University)
Art and Death in A Yoruba Community Norma Wolff Professor Emerita, Iowa State University