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O Lenço Da Minha Mãe...A Reflection, Alicia Veiga May 1998

O Lenço Da Minha Mãe...A Reflection, Alicia Veiga

The Griot

A young Cape Verdean woman reflects on the head scarf worn by her mother. The head scarf serves as a symbol of her mother's strength, culture and constant presence in her life despite a move from Cape Verde to the United States.


A Study Of Black Female Political Participation In Atlanta, Georgia, Carmen Victoria Walker May 1998

A Study Of Black Female Political Participation In Atlanta, Georgia, Carmen Victoria Walker

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

This thesis will examine historical and contemporary forms of black women's political participation in America. This research will also examine a 1997 survey of black women's political participation in Atlanta, Georgia to argue that contemporary black women's activism has encompassed both electoral and non-electoral activism and is not atypical. Most of the existing research on women, however, posits black women's activism to be an anomaly. However, black women have participated in both traditional and nontraditional forms of political activity. It is argued that black women's level and style of political activism has been influenced by ...


The Meanings Behind The Marks: Scarification And The People Of Wa, Lauren Cullivan Apr 1998

The Meanings Behind The Marks: Scarification And The People Of Wa, Lauren Cullivan

African Diaspora ISPs

My research on scarification took place in Wa, the capital of the Upper West Region of Ghana. By interviewing some of the different ethnic groups in Wa, I came to understand the varying purposes scarification serves. Additionally, I discovered some of the culture beliefs, values and myths of the Wala people. The following report looks into four main aspects of scarification: marks of identification, medicine, protection, and decoration. Furthermore, it investigates the impacts of the slave trade on the practice of tribal marking. Lastly, this paper will describe current opinions and the future implications of the practice of scarification in ...


Folk Songs Of Ghana: The Mosomagor Song Book, Julia Christensen Apr 1998

Folk Songs Of Ghana: The Mosomagor Song Book, Julia Christensen

African Diaspora ISPs

This project is focused on the traditional songs of Moscmagor, a village at the Eastern entrance to Kakum National Park. I was interested in learning to sing the songs, the meanings of the songs, as well as their histories and origins. I was also very interested in the singing techniques that are used, and how the singing of the songs is naturally effected by the fact that they have been learned within this oral culture. The fact that these songs are rarely written down gave me the idea of attempting to do so, using the Western process of notation. This ...


Adowa: Funeral Dance Of Asante As A Vehicle To Express Ethnic Identity, Katherine Moss Apr 1998

Adowa: Funeral Dance Of Asante As A Vehicle To Express Ethnic Identity, Katherine Moss

African Diaspora ISPs

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the role of Adowa as a vehicle to express ethnic identity in Asante society. First, background information regarding African music is presented, bringing to light the concept of African music as an integrated, 'total art' and highlighting the distinction between traditional and contemporary African music. Traditional music is discussed in terms of its defining features, continuity through enculturation, and imitation of natural patterns of African speech. Based on such conceptions of African music as both 'total' and traditional (as the section heading suggests), Adowa as a socio-music form is introduced and detailed ...


Review Of Ruth Finnegan's Oral Traditions And The Verbal Arts: A Guide To Research Practices, Chukwuma Azuonye Jan 1998

Review Of Ruth Finnegan's Oral Traditions And The Verbal Arts: A Guide To Research Practices, Chukwuma Azuonye

Africana Studies Faculty Publication Series

Review of Ruth Finnegan's Oral Traditions and the Verbal Arts: A Guide to Research Practices. (ASA Research Methods in Social Anthropology Series, no. 4.) xviii, 284pp. London and New York: Routledge, 1992.


Ministries In The Catholic Church Today: The Nigerian Situation, Basil A. Ekot Jan 1998

Ministries In The Catholic Church Today: The Nigerian Situation, Basil A. Ekot

Theses

Aims: This thesis seeks to study ministry, as it is understood today in the light of the renewed ecclesiology of Vatican II, and to relate this study to the church situation in Nigeria. This thesis proposes to investigate the possible need for changes in the practices of ministries in the church in Nigeria. The study aims to articulate a theology of ministry and to critically review the growth and development of ministries in the church from the beginnings of Christianity up to the mid-second century. It will also critically review the understanding of ministry in Vatican II and post-Vatican II ...


"The World Adrift In Emptiness": Crossing The Abyss Of Transition In Four Tragedies By Wole Soyinka, Michael H. Lake Jan 1998

"The World Adrift In Emptiness": Crossing The Abyss Of Transition In Four Tragedies By Wole Soyinka, Michael H. Lake

Masters Theses

1986 Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, Nigerian dramatist, poet, essayist and novelist, names the Yoruba god, Ogun, as his tragic muse for ritual theatre in "The Fourth Stage," his early artistic manifesto. In this essay Soyinka maintains that in contrast to Dionysus, Nietzsche's hero in The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music, Ogun balances within himself elements that could be described as Dionysian, Apollonian, and Promethean. Archetypally, Ogun thus constitutes a destructive-creative unity which overcomes the dyad of good-versus-evil of Europe's Christian civilization.

For this reason, Soyinka upholds Ogun not only as a natural patron ...


Review Of Ruth Finnegan's Oral Traditions And The Verbal Arts: A Guide To Research Practices, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 1997

Review Of Ruth Finnegan's Oral Traditions And The Verbal Arts: A Guide To Research Practices, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

No abstract provided.