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History Dances

Chronicling the History of Traditional Mandinka Dance

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History Dances by Ofosuwa M Abiola
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The field of history is founded on the interrogation of written documents from the past. However, culture is the centre of life in Africa. As a result, in the past - and to a degree in the present - the process for documenting events in Africa was not written, it was performed. History Dances: Chronicling the History of Traditional Mandinka Dance, argues that a wealth of information is housed within traditional Mandinka dance, and consequently, the dances can be used as an African derived primary source for writing African history. Ofosuwa M. Abiola highlights the overall value of studying Mandinka dance history specifically, and African dance history generally, as well as addressing the issue of scarcity with regard to primary sources for writing African history. History Dances proves to be a vital read for both undergraduate students and scholars in the fields of dance history, African history, performance studies, and cultural anthropology.

Author Biography

Ofosuwa M. Abiola is Assistant Professor of History in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Howard University, USA. She is the Coordinator of the Dance Program, and the Coordinator of the Honors program in the department. Dr. Abiola founded and was the Artistic Director of the traditional African Dance Company, Suwabi African Ballet, for fifteen years.
Release date Australia
December 6th, 2018
Pages
204
Illustrations
3 Line drawings, black and white; 12 Halftones, black and white; 4 Tables, black and white
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
ISBN-13
9781138369344
Product ID
28248229

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