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ERIC Number: EJ776243
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6463
African Symbols and Storytelling
Ellyn, Tracy
SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v107 n2 p28-29 Oct 2007
The idea of story time is music to a kid's ears, a reminder of days gone by when it was okay to leave the world behind, even if for a few minutes, to travel in the imagination. Telling stories has spanned centuries, cultures, and age groups, surviving the test of time, globalization, and technology. Whether in the form of books, movies, computer games, music, or art, good storytelling has never lost its appeal. Africans have survived challenging geographical, climatic, and economic conditions over many centuries. Even the slave trade could not kill the indomitable spirit of the African people, and those who survived tried to keep their culture alive. Storytelling was their mode of transmission. Most of their stories, had some kind of message or moral. The stories were used to pass on the ethics, knowledge, virtues, values, and lifestyle of their people. True to the concept of African storytelling are its Adinkra symbols. They each have a meaning and can be used to symbolize what is going on in a person's life. Adinkra symbols typically have both a literal and a symbolic meaning. In this article, the author describes how to make an African-inspired wall hanging. (Contains 1 online resource.)
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Language: English
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