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About this book
About this book
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.
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.
182 pages, 62 b/w photos, maps
'...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