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  • Everyday Endeavor - Art & Life in Africa - The University of Iowa Museum of Art
    Spaces Divination Ancient Africa Arts of Healing Death Governance Cultural Exchange Everyday Endeavor By Victoria Rovine University of Florida formerly University of Iowa Next Subtopic Art vs Craft See All View all images in the media gallery Subtopics Art vs Craft Artist Furniture Smoking and Drinking Pottery Architecture Dress Textiles Chapters Everyday Endeavor Key Moments in Life Education Initiation Abundance Sacred Spaces Divination Ancient Africa Arts of Healing Death Governance

    Original URL path: https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/chapters/everyday-endeavor/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Key Moments in Life, Page 1 - Art & Life in Africa - The University of Iowa Museum of Art
    Moments in Life By Christopher D Roy University of Iowa One of the measures Westerners seem to use in judging African art is whether Africans produce art for art s sake Given the fact that in the past very little European art was made simply to hang on the walls of museums and that almost all Western art had a role to play in the religious and political life of the community until the latter part of the 19 th century the question is not particularly relevant Yet the question can still be answered Africans make art for life s sake The objects that we are about to study have been made and used as eloquent expressions of Africans ideas about their relation to their world and as tools to help them survive in a difficult and unpredictable environment African art can no more be isolated from the lives of the people who make or use it than can the art of the rest of the world Next Subtopic Newborn Infancy See All View all images in the media gallery Subtopics Newborn Infancy Childhood Initiation Marriage and Eligibility Adulthood Religion Leadership Elderhood Death and Rebirth The Changing Face of African

    Original URL path: https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/chapters/key-moments-in-life/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Education-Initiation, Page 1 - Art & Life in Africa - The University of Iowa Museum of Art
    to another so that upon graduation the individual is prepared to assume new rights and responsibilities Rituals mark the Key Moments in Life as points of passage birth puberty marriage and death Rituals also bring people into the specialized knowledge of healing secrets of political power and at least in precolonial times the skills of critically important technologies such as iron smelting Visual and performance arts often play key roles

    Original URL path: https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/chapters/education-initiation/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Abundance - Art & Life in Africa - The University of Iowa Museum of Art
    Agricultural Sacred Spaces Divination Ancient Africa Arts of Healing Death Governance Cultural Exchange Abundance By Carla Herling Drake University formerly University of Iowa Next Subtopic Human See All View all images in the media gallery Subtopics Human Agricultural Chapters Everyday Endeavor Key Moments in Life Education Initiation Abundance Sacred Spaces Divination Ancient Africa Arts of Healing Death Governance Cultural Exchange Administrative Offices 1375 Highway One West 1840 Studio Arts Building

    Original URL path: https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/chapters/abundance/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Sacred Spaces - Art & Life in Africa - The University of Iowa Museum of Art
    Ancestor Shrines Divination Ancient Africa Arts of Healing Death Governance Cultural Exchange Sacred Spaces By Eileen Moyer University of Amsterdam formerly University of Iowa Next Subtopic Thresholds See All View all images in the media gallery Subtopics Thresholds Cosmologies Ancestor Shrines Chapters Everyday Endeavor Key Moments in Life Education Initiation Abundance Sacred Spaces Divination Ancient Africa Arts of Healing Death Governance Cultural Exchange Administrative Offices 1375 Highway One West 1840

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  • Divination, Page 1 - Art & Life in Africa - The University of Iowa Museum of Art
    the world the intermediary between God and humankind may be known as a ritual specialist priest minister rabbi shaman or diviner Regardless of the title the same purpose is served Acting as the essential link in the chain of communication between the spirit world and the natural world it is the ritual specialist who offers hope when people have a problem when disasters befall them or when they need answers to unanswerable problems To accomplish this they may use any of hundreds of techniques to open the lines of communication including prayer sacrifices offerings and divination Divination is often recognized as the first step in problem solving If someone has a problem such a child who has become seriously ill the cause of the illness must be determined before a course of action can be taken The cause may be an angry nature or ancestral spirit or it may be a witch that hopes to maim or kill the child for some as yet unknown reason Here a Fon diviner from the Republic of Benin casts divination chains to communicate with the spirit world 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next Page See All View all images in the media

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  • Ancient Africa, Page 1 - Art & Life in Africa - The University of Iowa Museum of Art
    formerly University of Iowa Conical tower Great Zimbabwe Shona peoples Zimbabwe Photo by William Dewey One of the persisting stereotypes about Africa is that Africans have always lived in small villages of grass or mud huts There is ample evidence however that Africans attained a high level of cultural complexity and civilization and for millennia have had cities and states that rival any in the world These walls for example are from a city called Great Zimbabwe the capital of a powerful kingdom in southern Africa at the peak of its power in the 14 th and 15 th centuries CE or Common Era or A D The walls are constructed of carefully shaped granite blocks put together without any mortar not for defensive purposes but to demonstrate visually the power of kings The kings who could control the vast amount of labor needed to erect such structures lived within these walls The wealth of the kingdom was based on huge herds of cattle and trade gold for exotic goods with the coast 1 2 3 Next Page See All View all images in the media gallery Subtopics Nok Igbo Ukwu Djenné Ife Jebba Island Esie Owo Benin Kingdom Sierra

    Original URL path: https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/chapters/ancient-africa/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Arts of Healing, Page 1 - Art & Life in Africa - The University of Iowa Museum of Art
    the ancient San peoples are believed to be linked to the trances of ritual specialists during rituals of healing rainmaking ceremonies and the attempts of ritual specialists to control the movements of herds all of which were vital to the survival and well being of these hunting gathering peoples The similarity of the images some of which date as far back as ca 25 000 BCE to practices of the

    Original URL path: https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/chapters/arts-of-healing/ (2016-02-13)
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