DK Eyewitness Books: Africa (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jul 5, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
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Here is a spectacular and informative guide to the peoples of a vast and mysterious continent. Superb color photographs offer a unique "eyewitness" view of the people, houses, tools and artifacts of African cultures and civilizations. See the gold of King Kofi-Karikari of the Asante, a priest''scostume made of bird''s feathers, a traveler''s magic charm, the flywhisks and crowns of the Obas of Nigeria and the incredible distorted masks of the Bamileke of Cameroon. Learn how bronzes were made by the lost-wax process, about the journey of a slave from Africa to North America, how elephants were trapped by hunter-gatherers, what life in a compound is like and how much metal would buy a wife.Discover what ulani warriors and their horses wore into battle, how a thatched house is built, the mysteries of the secret societies and how gourds are carved.And much, much more!
  

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Contents

6 A land of contrasts
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8 A place to live
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10 Great civilizations
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12 Building a house
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14 Home life
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16 Life in the compound
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18 Finding food
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20 Pattern and color
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38 Medicine and healing
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40 A way of death
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42 Nations at war
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44 into battle
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46 Weapons and armor
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48 Barter and exchange
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50 A slaves journey
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52 Crafts and skills
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22 Sports and entertainment
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24 Female dress
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26 Male attire
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28 Selfadornment
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30 Rulers and leaders
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32 Religion and beliefs
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36 Myth and magic
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54 The lostwax process
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56 Gold of the Asante
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58 Masks and masquerade
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60 Musical instruments
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62 Masquerade performed
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64 Index
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