The Mande Blacksmiths

The Mande Blacksmiths : Knowledge, Power, and Art in West Africa

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... finely crafted scholarship. Elegant and graceful, yet packed with knowledge and information, it embodies the aesthetic qualities which it describes and explores." -American EthnologistThe text is detailed and informative, and enjoyable reading... " -ChoiceThe Mande Blacksmith is an important book... sensitive, sympathetic, multifaceted, and thorough... " -African ArtsMcNaughton's Mande Blacksmiths is undeniably the most profound study of African artists yet published." -Ethnoarts... penetrating... McNaughton boldly grapples with the thorniest issues related to his subject and articulates them with clarity and precision." -International Journal of African Historical Studies... a work in the best tradition of ethnographic research.... critical reappraisal, innovative inquiry, and fresh observation... make this book an invaluable fund of new material on Mande societies... " -American AnthropologistMcNaughton... provides an important interpretation of these artists' conceptual place as members of a complex culture." -Religious Studies ReviewExamining the artistic, technological, social, and spiritual dimensions of Mande blacksmiths, who are the sculptors of their society, McNaughton defines these artists' conceptual place as extraordinary members of a complex culture.show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Midland Book ed.
  • 0253207983
  • 9780253207982
  • 1,325,885

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" ... finely crafted scholarship. Elegant and graceful, yet packed with knowledge and information, it embodies the aesthetic qualities which it describes and explores." American Ethnologist "The text is detailed and informative, and enjoyable reading ... " Choice "The Mande Blacksmith is an important book ... sensitive, sympathetic, multifaceted, and thorough ... " African Arts "McNaughton's Mande Blacksmiths is undeniably the most profound study of African artists yet published." Ethnoarts " ... penetrating ... McNaughton boldly grapples with the thorniest issues related to his subject and articulates them with clarity and precision." International Journal of African Historical Studies " ... a work in the best tradition of ethnographic research... critical reappraisal, innovative inquiry, and fresh observation ... make this book an invaluable fund of new material on Mande societies ..." American Anthropologist "McNaughton ... provides an important interpretation of these artists' conceptual place as members of a complex culture." Religious Studies Reviewshow more

Table of contents

PrefaceNote on OrthographyAcknowledgmentsI. Blacksmiths in Mande SocietyThe Mande Social SystemThe Nyamakala Special ProfessionalsNyamakala and the Smiths' Ambiguous StatusII. The Mande Smiths as CraftsmenTechniquesProductsArticulationIII. Smiths and the Shape of Civilized SpaceThe Principles of Medicine and SorceryA Hierarchy of PractitionersRainmakingDivinationDoctoringAmulets and Secret DevicesSocial InstrumentalityCircumcisionThe Relative Roles of Blacksmiths and HuntersIV. The Blacksmiths' SculptureThe Character of Sculpture and the Other Roles of SmithsThe Smiths' Iron ArtTamaw: Spear BladesFitinew: Iron LampsNegemusow and Negesotigiw: Iron Women and Iron Horse MastersKomokunw: The Power Masks of the Mande SmithsV. The Mande Smiths as Men of MeansThe Problem of ExplanationsThe Unity of EnterpriseThe Resolution of MovementThe Contradiction of PositionThe Responsibility of ArtistsNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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