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A Bird Dance Near Saturday City: Sidi Ballo and the Art of West African Masquerade (African Expressive Cultures)

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In 1978, Patrick McNaughton witnessed a bird dance masquerade in the small town of Dogoduman. He was so affected by this performance that its dazzling artistic power has never left him. As he revisits that very special evening in A Bird Dance near Saturday City, McNaughton carefully considers the components of the performance, its pace, the performers, and what the entire experience means for understandings of Bamana and West African aesthetics and culture. The performance of virtuoso dancer Sidi Ballo becomes McNaughton's vehicle for understanding the power of individuals in African art and the power of aesthetics as a cultural phenomenon. Topics such as what makes art effective, what makes it "good," how production is wrapped in individual virtuosity, and what individual artistry suggests about society reveal how individuals work together to create the indelible experience of outstanding performance. This exuberant and captivating book will influence views of society, culture, art, history, and their makers in West Africa for years to come.

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Captures the power of individuals and art at a single night's masquerade performance

About the Author

Patrick McNaughton is Chancellor's Professor of African Art at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is author of Mande Blacksmiths (IUP, 1988).

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: An Explosion of Art at Dogoduman

Part 1. The Bird Dance at Dogoduman

1. The Performance

2. How to View a Bird Dance

Part 2. Sidi Ballo and the Disposition of Individuals

3. Sidi Ballo at Dogoduman

4. A Closer Look at Sidi Ballo

5. Individuals Intertwined

Part 3. From Dogoduman to an Aesthetic of Affect

6. Sidi Ballo's Aesthetic Milieu

7. Form Reconsidered in Mande Light

8. A Mande Aesthetic Profile

9. An Aesthetic of Affect

Part 4. Making Meaning with a Bird

10. Expanding the Beholder's Share

11. An Atmosphere for Sidi Ballo's Bird Dance

Conclusion: Bird Masquerading Is Alive and Well

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253219848
Author:
Mcnaughton, Patrick
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Author:
McNaughton, Patrick
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Mandingo (African people)
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
African
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Africa, West Social life and customs.
Subject:
Mandingo (African people) - Africa, West -
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
African Studies; Anthropology; Culture; Performance
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
African Expressive Cultures
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 bandw photos, 24 color photos, 1 maps
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Humanities » Philosophy » General

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