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................African Studies Part 1 0001 ........ This video is designed to help you become acquainted with several geographical art clusters in Africa ............ another portion includes the art of African Diaspora in the "New World" .................. This is only a survey concerning how to use the African Art Studies web pages. ............This video is not a lesson in Africanart...................

African Studies Art Part I

YORUBA SCULPTURE & ART in WESTAFRICA

There are many different ethnic people in west and central Africa that are more numerous in population than the Yoruba people, but the Yoruba were the largest art producing people west of the Nile Valley until about the 1950’s. They also had by far the largest variety of artwork in that part of Africa. The woodcarvers were separate from the blacksmiths. People living in Western Savanna and Dry Forest specialized in their training skills. In the Arid Steppe region work skills were more integrated so that there less variation in the type of art being produced in that region. The different crafts belonged to different guilds and trades were often inherited through families living in the Savanna and Dry Forest. Some of the Yoruba names reveal profession of families such as bead workers of crowns for the Oba. Each art discipline had its own iconography not just for the discipline itself, but for the various sub-categories within that discipline; something unheard of on the Africa continent until West Africans began doing it. This iconography specialization was still under development during the time of the Atlantic Slave trade. PRESS THIS BUTTON TO RETURN TO THE PREVIOUS PAGE

Among Ashanti adinkra designs were being used in carved wooden stools but the stools had wooden symbols used exclusively for wooden stools as well.

The people of Old Oyo came in to South West Nigeria sometime after the Arab invasion of the Nile Valley in 600 AD. The Oyo-s came from Egypt.

The Yoruba people lived in South Western Nigeria, Togo and the Republic of Benin (former Dahome). Yoruba had a history of being the largest art producing community West of the Nile Valley. Much of our early information about the Yoruba-s comes from a Yoruba minister named Samuel Johnson. Much of the information obtained by Johnson came from many Yoruba individuals known for their chronicles of Yoruba culture and tradition during the mid and late 1800’s. One such person was Lagunju the Timi of Ede who was the most celebrated orator of Yoruba chronicles during his time. The Timi was not related to the Oni of Ile Ife and he was not a direct line descendant of the Alafin (grandson of Oduduwa) in Oyo. Lagunju the Timi of Ede was direct line to one of uncles to the Alafin of Oyo, which would appear to an outsider as an unlikely source for historical information; quite to the contrary. We find though Samuel Jonson that Oni of Ife was not related to any of Oduduwa dynasties. The Oni was related to the aboriginal people that lived in the region before the Yoruba-s came. We also learn that the kings that claimed to be the legitimate rulers of Yoruba land were the five grandsons and two great grandsons of Odudwa’s oldest son. Many Yoruba and Europeans believe the stories that obtained from the Alafin of Oyo to be true. The information obtained from the Alafin is only partially true. PRESS THIS BUTTON TO RETURN TO THE PREVIOUS PAGE




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