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Museums and History in West Africa

Edited By: Claude Daniel Ardouin and Emmanuel Arinze

182 pages, 62 b/w photos, maps

Smithsonian Books

Paperback | Dec 2000 | #107172 | ISBN: 085255253X
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Presents the views, concerns, and challenges of those who run West Africa's museums and encourages more innovative, critical, and African approaches to the presentation of a rich and multifaceted heritage.

'...a useful book that analyzes both problems and solutions in researching, managing and explicating West Africa's cultural heritage.' - Thomas H. Wilson in Journal of African History 'This volume provides a larger audience with a valuable awareness of the complexity of issues facing African museums and academic institutions.' - Barbara E. Frank in African Studies Review '... this volume, in unison with the two preceding it, has a clear message, that museums matter in modern societies and need to reach out to their communities - and that all this requires is renewed and more imaginative efforts. In that endeavour these neat publications of the West African Museums Programme are valuable symbolically.' - John E.G. Sutton in Modern African Studies 'The volume's strength is the specifics of case studies, the on-the-ground picture of moving between bureaucracies, research, and the public in settings where basic funds and supplies, helpful media, a receptive audience and safety for collections and archaeological sites are all problematic... The authors provide a wide Africanist and museum-professional audience with a "state of the field" tatement...' - Adria LaViolette in International Journal of African Historical Studies


Part 1 Material culture and historical discourse: South Africa - collecting the material culture of apartheid and resistance, G. Dominy; Guinea - common histories and heritage, M. Camara; Mali -cultural heritage in Jenne, B. Hama Diaby; Nigeria - museums and history in the Niger Delta, E.J. Alagao; Burkina Faso - bronze statuettes of Central Moogo, O. Nao. Part 2 Institutional issues: Nigeria - museums as a source of history, Aba, V. Ughenu; Senegal - musee historique, Goree, A. Camara; Burkina Faso - musee de la bendrologie, Manega, Salaka Sanou. Part 3 Museums and historical research: Benin - Musee Honme, Porto Novo, H. Aubin; Niger -museums and history, B. Gado; Benin - textiles, Joseph C.E. Adande; museums as a means of restoring historical consciousness, I. Diagne. Part 4 Communicating with the public: Mali - ceramics as testaments of the past, B.E. Frank; Nigeria - CBAAC photographic archives, C. Chianu Chuma-Ibe; Cote d'Ivoire -material culture and its use in museum programmes, T. Ouattara; Ghana - Cape Coast Castle Museum, F. Boakye Duah; African communities and museums, T. Yaovi Tchitchi; Benin - Sao Joao Baptista de Ajuda, A.B.A. Adande. Part 5 Museums and historical heritage: Cote d'Ivoire - proposed regional museum, Kong, Aminata Barro; Guinea-Bissau - proposal for an historical museum, L. Cardoso; Nigeria - the Old Residency Museum, Calabar, Violetta Ekpo; Mali - the sacred relics of Bakaridian at Dioforongo, Segou, A. Sylla; Zanzibar - Palace Museum and House of Wonders, A Sheriff; Benin - Musee Historique d'Abomey, L. Ahonon.

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