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The Mande blacksmiths : knowledge, power, and art in West Africa

Author: Patrick R McNaughton
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1993, ©1988.
Series: Traditional arts of Africa.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Midland book edView all editions and formats
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" ... Finely crafted scholarship. Elegant and graceful, yet packed with knowledge and information, it embodies the aesthetic qualities which it describes and explores." American Ethnologist "The text is detailed and informative, and enjoyable reading ..." Choice "The Mande Blacksmith is an important book ... sensitive, sympathetic, multifaceted, and thorough ..." African Arts "McNaughton's Mande Blacksmiths is  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick R McNaughton
ISBN: 0253207983 9780253207982 025333683X 9780253336835
OCLC Number: 28165467
Notes: "MB 798"--Page 4 of cover.
Description: xxiv, 241 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Blacksmiths in Mande Society --
The Mande Social System --
The Nyamakala Special Professionals --
Nyamakala and the Smith's Ambiguos Status --
The Mande Smiths as Craftsmen --
Techiques --
Products --
Articulation --
Smiths and the Shape of Civilized Space --
The Principles of Medicine and Sorcery --
A Hierarchy of Practitioners --
Rainmaking --
Divination --
Doctoring --
Amulets and Secret Devices --
Social Instrumentality --
Circumcision --
The Relative Roles of Blacksmiths and Hunters --
The Blacksmiths' Sculpture --
The Character of Sculpture and the Other Roles of Smiths --
The Smiths' Iron Art --
Tamaw: the Spare Blades --
Fitinew: Iron Lamps --
Negemusow and Negesotigiw: Iron Women and Iron Horse Masters --
Komokunw: The Power Masks of the Mande Smiths --
The Mande Smiths as Men of Means --
The Problem of Explanations --
The Unity of Enterprise --
The Resolution of Movement --
The Contradiction of Position --
The Responsibility of Artists.
Series Title: Traditional arts of Africa.
Responsibility: Patrick R. McNaughton.

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Examining the artistic, technological, social, and spiritual dimensions of Mande blacksmiths, who are the sculptors of their society, this book defines these artists' conceptual place as  Read more...

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