- Hardcover: 170 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First edition. edition (March 30, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810932288
- ISBN-13: 978-0810932289
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.9 x 12.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,029,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dances of Africa Hardcover – March 30, 1996
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Aptly if somewhat too broadly titled, this book focuses on specific, special-event rituals within independent communtities in several (mostly francophone) African countries. Black-and-white photography, dating from the 1940s and 1950s and representing French photographer Huet's lengthy career, are interlaced with more modern photographs in brilliant color. The archival images, while fascinating documents, can easily be mistaken for contemporary scenes in this presentation as they are not individually dated and their history is recounted only in the preface. More problematic, the photography depicts the drama of an outsider's dramatic perspective, particularly emphasizing these foreign scenes through a series of staged portraits, reiterating stereotypical images of Africans wearing masks and grass skirts. The book makes no attempt to incorporate the holiday rituals with daily life in modern Africa. In spite of these flaws, the National Geographic-style photography is ideal for attracting the attention of lay readers to African rituals. Recommended for public libraries and comprehensive academic ethnography collections.?Jennie Raab, New York
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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Note : Shares many of Huet's photos from his 1978 book "Danses D'Afrique" translated in English as "The Dance, Art and Ritual Of Africa".
Features wonderful photographs of the dances, costumes and masks of 50 African Tribes. These are very impressive images of African dance captured by French photographer Michel Huet during the period 1945 to 1985. Even the older B/W photographs are exceptional, and wonderfully evocative of the ceremonial dance of Africa. For a lover of African tribal masks like me, there are superb photos of dances featuring the following masks and headdresses : Yoke (Baga), Mbomm, Bamileke, Jerma, Yagule , (Dogon), Sirige (Dogon), Kanaga, (Dogon), Ntomo,(Bambara), Tyimara (AKA Chimara - Bambara), Doyo (Bobo/Bwa), Adone (Kurumba) , Leaf Masks (Boni/Bobo) ponyugo (Senufo), Nasolo,, Malinke, Banda (Nalu), Kono, Dan, Yoruba, Bamilike, Kuba , Salampasu,,and Nsembu (Komo), It is fantastic to see these masks, headdresses, body decoration and costumes in their original context captured in such great photographs. These great images are accompanied by an easy-to-read and informative text.
There are a few drawbacks, which would have knocked the book down to 4-Stars if the photographs weren't so fascinating : The single "map" is woefully inadequate - at the very least each of the 4 main sections deserves a much better map. There is no index and a miniscule bibliography. There is virtually no description of the materials used in the masks and costumes, and apart from telling us that the photos span 40 years (1945-1985), there are no dates and (mostly) no specific locations attributed to the photos.
Not perfect, then, and no more "Typical Africa" than the Macy's Parade is "Typical America", but it can be purchased used for less than ten bucks - At that price, it should be compulsory to own a copy. See also, the same author's 1978 book : Dance, Art & Ritual Africa
BOOK RATING : 9/10