Life, Love and Death on Tanzania's Hanang Plains
The Barabaig are nomadic cattle herders in north central Tanzania, but the land development of recent decades has eroded their territory and threatens their survival. In the 1980s, as part of a project to highlight the threat, Charles Lane lived among the people for two years and has campaigned on their behalf ever since. Recounting his personal experiences, this photographic volume paints a portrait of their culture and lifestyle.
Sign Language among American Indian Nations
A sign language that cut across language barriers played a crucial role among the various Indian nations, and it survives today. This book contains a comprehensive description of the language, from phonology to discourse, and compares it with other sign languages.
An Intellectual Biography
The Norwegian anthropologist Fredrik Barth (1928–2016) was one of the most influential social theorists of the 20th century. This biography by his friend and colleague Thomas Hylland Eriksen – himself a distinguished ethnographer – charts the development of Barth’s groundbreaking ideas on ethnicity in his untiring fieldwork. In its exploration of big issues such as unity and diversity, culture and relativism, art and science, the book compellingly communicates the magic of ethnography to the non-specialist reader.
The Chapel and Burial Ground on St Ninian's Isle, Shetland
Excavations Past and Present
St Ninian’s Isle is famous for the discovery of 28 pieces of Pictish silverware by Andrew O’Dell in 1958: this volume reassesses archive material from O’Dell’s work in the 1950s and describes earlier and later excavations, 1876 to 2000. Monograph 32.
The rare monkey figurines created by the Baule of West Africa have puzzled historians since the 19th century. Rough-hewn and fearsome – with jutting jaws and bared teeth – the bowl-bearing monkeys seem quite unlike the Baule’s more delicate ancestor figures. In the first survey to focus exclusively on the monkeys, the authors explore their origin, creation and role in Baule society, and examine their ritualistic function as objects charged with invisible powers.
Native North American Art
From prehistoric pottery to contemporary paintings and prints, the collection of Native American art at the University of North Dakota reflects the institution’s long interest in American indigenous cultures. With more than 230 illustrations, this book examines how the collection is understood and appreciated within its campus setting, including efforts to reinforce a sense of greater cultural understanding and the changing philosophy behind the way that such works are displayed.
Native American Modernism
Art from North America
Drawing on the extensive collection in Berlin’s Ethnological Museum, this illustrated book traces the development of modern Native American art. Featuring notable artists, critics and art historians, it also explores topics such as cultural self-determination and Native American involvement in the Second World War.
The Human Skeleton as Evidence for Conflict in the Past
‘Human remains are not only one of the most common forms of archaeological evidence, but also arguably the richest in terms of what they can tell us.’ In this accessible introduction to conflict archaeology, Martin Smith examines bones and their injuries as evidence of violence between people ranging from Stone Age aggression to 19th-century warfare with firearms, and demonstrates how bones are our most reliable witnesses to human conflict.
Introducing one group of these tiny African sculptures from the collection of John and Nicole Dintenfass, the art historian Bérénice Geoffroy-Schnieter writes of the ‘challenge of the minute, the intimate, the secret’. Beautifully photographed and accompanied by essays on African art forms and the psychology of collecting, the 130 works presented here include effigies, miniature masks, weaving tools, and statuettes whose purpose was to cure and restore the world’s balance.
The wooden sculptures created by the Baga community of Guinea first became known in the west in the 19th century. Originally comprising intricately carved masks, statues, percussion instruments and other ceremonial items, later works were influenced by colonization and new religions and include busts representing the sea goddess, figures of animals from legends and representations of the villages’ founders.
Wild and Mysterious Spirits from the Pierluigi Peroni Collection
Pierluigi Peroni presents over 100 small African anthropomorphic bronzes made by the Kulango people of the Ivory Coast. Selected from her personal collection to represent the diversity of the artform, they include pendants, amulets and ceremonial objects, all under 10cm high. Detailed text by Alain-Michel Boyer offers analysis of the objects and their cultural significance. Text in English and French.
The World That Wasn't There
Pre-Columbian Art in the Ligabue Collection
Published to accompany a 2015–16 exhibition at the Archaeological Museum in Florence, this catalogue reproduces over 200 artefacts from Latin America that were brought to Europe from the early 16th century. The objects include Olmec anthropomorphic figures from c.1000 BCE, Mayan ceramic plates produced around 600–800 CE and a Huari pendant from c.900 CE.
One Kiss or Two?
The Art and Science of Saying Hello
This in-depth exploration of the complex world of greetings and how they have developed across cultures and throughout history delves into the science of body language, the neuroscience of greeting strangers and friends, and etiquette as an artform, with an investigation into the evolutionary sources of one of the most unusual greetings of all – the genital grab.
The 50 Most Important Ideas in the Study of Being Human, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Part of the 30-second series, this book summarizes 50 key ideas in paragraphs of about 300 words (with a picture) contributed by an expert in the field. The concise essays range from the evolution of humans to the development of communication and social structures and are accompanied by ‘3-second biographies’ of significant figures and an extra ‘3-minute’ section that provides further context and insight.