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West African Masking Traditions and Diaspora Masquerade Carnivals


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Introduction Memory and Masquerade Narratives: The Art of Remembering Aspects of Society and Culture in the Biafra Hinterland Bantu Migrations and Cultural Transnationalism in the Ancient Global Age, c.2500 BCE-1400 CE Bight of Biafra, Slavery, and Diasporic Africa in the Modern Global Age, 1400-1800 Igbo Masquerade Dances in the African Diasporas: Symbols and Meanings Unmasking the Masquerade: Counterideologies and Contemporary Practices Idioms of Religion, Music, Dance, and African Art Forms Memory and Masquerade Narratives: The Art of Remembering

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RAPHAEL CHIJIOKE NJOKU is professor of history at Idaho State University.


Raphael Chijioke Njoku's study of West African masking forms and their impact in the Americas is a welcome exploration of the history and function of body-mask performances in the context of African initiation societies and their adaptation into Caribbean carnival events and initiation groups, like the Abakua of Cuba. -- Ivor Miller * H-Africa *

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