History Dances: Chronicling the History of Traditional Mandinka Dance

1st Edition

Ofosuwa M. Abiola

Routledge
December 6, 2018 Forthcoming
Reference - 156 Pages
ISBN 9781138369344 - CAT# K397164
Series: Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

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Summary

The field of history is founded on the interrogation of written documents from the past. However, culture is the center of life in Africa. As a result, in the past – and to a degree in the present – the process for documenting events in Africa was not written, it was performed. History Dances: Chronicling the History of Traditional Mandinka Dance argues that a wealth of information is housed within traditional Mandinka dance and, consequently, the dances can be used as an African-derived primary source for writing African history. Ofosuwa M. Abiola highlights the overall value of studying Mandinka dance history specifically, and African dance history generally, as well as addressing the issue of scarcity with regard to primary sources for writing African history.

History Dances proves to be a vital read for both undergraduate students and scholars in the fields of dance history, African history, performance studies, and cultural anthropology.

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