African Masks from the Collection of James Gaasch

Title

African Masks from the Collection of James Gaasch

Authors

James Gaasch

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Description

African Masks from the Collection of James Gaasch contains photographs of the African masks and carvers from the Bwa (or Bwaba), Winiama and Mossi peoples of Burkina Faso, and the Bamana and Dogon peoples of Mali. Gaasch acquired many of these masks in the villages where they were carved. When possible, he interviewed the village carvers, the creators, of these dancing masks. Gaasch’s interviews with the carvers underscore the cultural context where traditional African world views persist. And, to the extent possible, they give voice to the masks to reveal their own significance. “They are, in our times, signifiers of cultures increasingly under siege, hostage to religious fanaticism, or to impoverishing globalization,” Gaasch explains. “This small book reaffirms the rights of these masks to continue to dance.”

ISBN

978-0996673174

Publication Date

2016

Publisher

Humboldt State University Press

City

Arcata

Keywords

West African masks, Tribal art, African dance

Disciplines

African Languages and Societies

Comments

The Department of World Languages and Cultures at Humboldt State University has established the “The James Gaasch World Languages and Cultures Travel Award” to provide students with unique study abroad opportunities for generations to come. Click here to donate.

African Masks from the Collection of James Gaasch

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