Common Ground: Masks from a Cultural Perspective
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Abbate, Francesco, General Editor. African Art. Octopus Books, London, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong (1972). Contains 92 full-color illustrations of masks, domestic carvings, akuaba dolls and other figurines, tools, and other objects created throughout the African continent.*
Appleton, Leroy H. American Indian Design and Decoration. Dover Publications, Inc., New York (1971). Highlights design and techniques used to create Native American crafts and artifacts.
Bancroft-Hunt, Norman. North American Indians. Running Press, Philadelphia (1992). Highlights diversity and sophistication of Native American people throughout North America. Accompanied by impressive photos.*
Bennett, Jr., Lerone. Before the Mayflower. Johnson Publications, Chicago (1966). A historical resource that highlights African civilization pre-slavery. Elaborates on the Black experience in the Americas.
Franklin, John Hope. From Slavery to Freedom. Vintage Books, New York (1992). Provides an in-depth look at African civilization pre-slavery. Elaborates on the Black experience in the Americas and the legacy of African culture.
Harris, Bill. Landscapes of America. Crescent Books, New York, New Jersey (1992). A captivating photographic essay of North America. Excellent pictorial resource particularly for those students who have never had the opportunity to travel beyond their immediate environs.
Thomas, Davis Hurst, Miller, Jay, White, Richard, Nabokov, DeLoria, Philip J. The Native Americans: An Illustrated History. Turner Publishing Company, Atlanta (1993). Provides a wealth of background information concerning Native American culture throughout North America.
Newman, Thelma R. Contemporary African Arts and Crafts. Crown Publishers, New York (1974). Provides background information on the creation of African masks, sculptures, leathercrafts, and other artifacts, and demonstrates how to create them. A wonderful resource for craft ideas.
Parrinder, Geoffrey. African Mythology. Paul Harlyn Ribomslu Grey, London (1967).
A fascinating study of African myths and their origin. Accompanied by colorful illustrations and photos of sculptures and masks symbolic of mythical figures.
_______________. North American Indian Mythology. Paul Harlyn Rubinksky Grey, London (1967). An informative study of myths created by the original inhabitants of North America. Accompanied by colorful illustrations and photos of sculptures and masks symbolic of mythical figures.
Ricciardi, Mirella. Vanishing Africa. Reynal & Company, New York (1971). A superb photographic essay of the inhabitants of East Africa and their culture. Contains captivating black and white photos. A great pictorial resource during discussions about lifestyles of specific African people.
Taylor, Ph.D., Colin F. Native American Arts and Crafts. Smithmark, New York (1995). A beautifully illustrated work. Highlights Native American artifacts from pottery and intricately woven baskets to masks. Explains how art as we know it is in fact an integral part of Native American culture.*
__________________. Native American Life: The Family, The Hunt, Pastimes and Ceremonies. Smithmark, New York (1996). Highlights the lifestyle of the original inhabitants of North America. Classifies Native American groups by region. Accompanied by beautiful color and black and white photos depicting each noted culture.*
__________________. Plains Indians. Smithmark, New York (1996). Provides background information re: the lifestyle of Native Americans who resided in the North American Plains. Accompanied by impressive photo illustrations.*
The Editors of Time-Life Books. The Spirit World. Time-Life Books, Alexandria, Virginia (1992). Provides background information concerning Native American peoples of North America, their oneness with nature, and the sacred meaning behind artifacts used in their daily living. Accompanied by a few fascinating folkloric tales. Includes stunning photos of masks, sculptures, handcrafted items, housing, and the people who created them.*
Willet, Frank. African Art. Thames and Hudson, New York (1971, 1993, 1995). Beautifully illustrated. Highlights African artifacts from masks to sculptures and the reason behind their creation.*
Yamamura, Akihiro. A Country and Its People. Takarajima Books, New York (1995). Superb photographic essay of Senegalese culture. Introduction concerning the country and its people provided by Dr. Mohamed Mbodj. A great pictorial resource for discussions about lifestyles of specific African people.