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Nsiba (Divination Whistle)

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Banganga (meaning diviners; literally ‘masters / priests of minkisi‘) defend community members against illness, witchcraft, infertility, and can even provide success in specific pursuits like hunting, by leveraging...


Manratche (Initiation Mask)

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The Bidjogo (also known as Bijogo, Bijagó, Bidyogo and Bidyugo) people of Bissagos (also Bijagós) archipelago, in current day Guinea Bissau, hold initiation rituals for young girls and boys, according to their age group....


Ogbodo Enyi (Elephant Spirit Headdress)

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The Izzi Igbo of Nigeria make use of a crest mask, or headdress, called ogbodo enyi, to cleanse each community of evil spirits and distructive elements, and are also used as agents for social control. Enyi meaning either...


Duafe (Comb)

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Demonstrating the dual nature that can exist in classic African art, Akan duafe combs represent the combination of art and function. These decorative combs are used by Akan women to groom and style their hair but also to adorn...


Awidie (Heddle Pulley)

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Across much of West Africa, weavers make use of loom, foot peddle, and heddle pulley combinations to weave simple or elaborate single strip textiles and cloth. An example of such a loom is that used by the Akan to create...


Tefalipitya (Champion Cultivator Staff)

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Before ‘gamification’ was a word, the Senufo of Ivory Coast were already leveraging its principles. In an effort to introduce competition, sport and fun into the arduous task of farming, young men work the land,...