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African Art Along the Ages

For over fifty years artists, students, and collectors have been stirred by the aesthetic qualities of African art forms found in museums and private collections of Europe and America. Yet it is still difficult for the interested individual to find the information about their creators and cultural background that would give a richer understanding of [...]

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The Language Families of Africa

The classification outlined here is founded on a review of the total African evidence in which only the criteria relevant in the light of the foregoing discussion are considered. According to this scheme, there are five distinct language families of major importance on the African continent; they occupy perhaps 98 per cent of the total [...]

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Continuity and Change in African Cultures

Even where selectivity in the acceptance of cultural elements from outside is recognized, analyses of the contemporary African scene too often fail to grasp the fact that selection is additive and not necessarily substitutive. European cloth adds to the range of fabrics and patterns; kerosene lamps are used together with traditional ones; and European manufactured [...]

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