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A Dance of Assassins: Performing Early Colonial Hegemony in the Congo (African Expressive Cultures)

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A Dance of Assassins presents the competing histories of how Congolese Chief Lusinga and Belgian Lieutenant Storms engaged in a deadly clash while striving to establish hegemony along the southwestern shores of Lake Tanganyika in the 1880s. While Lusinga participated in the east African slave trade, Storms' secret mandate was to meet Henry Stanley's eastward march and trace "a white line across the Dark Continent" to legitimize King Leopold's audacious claim to the Congo. Confrontation was inevitable, and Lusinga lost his head. His skull became the subject of a sinister evolutionary treatise, while his ancestral figure is now considered a treasure of the Royal Museum for Central Africa. Allen F. Roberts reveals the theatricality of early colonial encounter and how it continues to influence Congolese and Belgian understandings of history today.

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In the 1880s in the Congo, a Lubanda chief and slave trader named Lusinga was beheaded and his skull carried back to Belgium by mile Storms, a disgruntled supporter of the brutal ruler King Leopold II. Today, the skull and a magnificent ancestral statue are housed in the Royal Museum of Central Africa. Allen F. Roberts tells the story of this grisly colonial encounter and its far-off repercussions. It is a tale of profound misunderstandings, bizarre behavior, theft, and the idiosyncrasies displayed by people caught up in the moment when European powers were establishing hegemony in Africa.

About the Author

Allen F. Roberts is Professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is author (with Mary Nooter Roberts) of A Saint in the City: Sufi Arts of Urban Senegal, which was awarded the Herskovits Prize.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I. The "Emperor" Strikes Back

1. Invitation to a Beheading

2. A Conflict of Memories

3. Histories Made by Bodies

4. Tropical Gothic

5. Storms the Headhunter

Part II. Remembering the Dismembered

6. The Rise of a Colonial Macabre

7. Art Évo on the Chaussée d'Ixelles

8. Lusinga's Lasting Laughs

9. Composing Decomposition

10. Defiances of the Dead

Appendix A: Some Background on Our Protagonists

Appendix B: A Note on Illustrations

Glossary

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253007438
Author:
Roberts, Allen F.
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
African Studies; anthropology; Art and Architecture; Art and Photography; Belgium; colonialism; Democractic Republic of Congo (DRC); History; museums
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
African Expressive Cultures
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 bandw illus.
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.25 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In the 1880s in the Congo, a Lubanda chief and slave trader named Lusinga was beheaded and his skull carried back to Belgium by mile Storms, a disgruntled supporter of the brutal ruler King Leopold II. Today, the skull and a magnificent ancestral statue are housed in the Royal Museum of Central Africa. Allen F. Roberts tells the story of this grisly colonial encounter and its far-off repercussions. It is a tale of profound misunderstandings, bizarre behavior, theft, and the idiosyncrasies displayed by people caught up in the moment when European powers were establishing hegemony in Africa.
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