Laude, Jean, 1922-. African art of the Dogon: the myths of the cliff dwellers

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: African art of the Dogon: the myths of the cliff dwellers

Published By: Original publisher New York: Brooklyn Museum in association with the Viking Press. [1973]. 60, [71] p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Jean Laude [Translation by Joachim Neugroschel] Foreword by Lester Wunderman

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Dogon (FA16)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Decorative art (531); Representative art (532);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is an analysis of Dogon works of art which were included in the 1973 exhibition organized by The Brooklyn Museum. The author attempts to dispel the idea that such art can be understood apart from the history and culture of the artists or “producers.” Rather, the Dogon sculptures contained in this book, which are mainly wood carvings, serve as the chief vehicle for documenting Dogon cosmogony and Dogon concepts regarding their origins and genealogies. The same objects, which are related to important ritual ceremonies, detail both ordinary activities and reveal the society's mythology. These works also illustrate Dogon perceptions of their social organization and their interrelations among themselves and with outsiders. Thus Dogon sculptures pertain to both daily life and to mythical events simultaneously. The author attempts to distinguish authentic Dogon styles and themes from their predecessors, but he makes it clear that it is not always possible to establish the influence of intercultural contacts in all of the works photographed.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 12

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fa16-012

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Component part(s), monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Issued in connection with an exhibition of L. Wunderman's private collection of Dogon art, organized by the Brooklyn Museum in 1973|Because of poor quality, many graphics are not included Includes bibliographical references (p. 130-131)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Art Historian-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; Delores Walters ; 1987

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1931-1972

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Bandiagara Circle, Mopti Region, Mali

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Dogons (African people)


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