Monthly Archives: November 2011

African Goli Mask: Abstraction, humor and fertility

The Baule tribe of the Akan people of The Ivory Coast and Ghana resisted French colonization longer than any other West African people.  As a consequence, their traditions and rituals to this day are very strong. This large wooden Goli … Continue reading

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African Belly Mask……Men in Drag

In some African traditions the belly mask, carved out of a single tree trunk, was worn by pregnant women celebrating fertility. But for the Makonde tribe of South East Tanzania the mask is worn as part of a complete costume … Continue reading

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