A continent of vast deserts, dense jungles, and open plains, Africa is truly a place of contrasts. This stunning collection of photographs brings the customs, beliefs, and arts of its traditional peoples vividly to life. Although archaeology has revealed how people lived in the great African civilizations of the past, some African cultures have changed little over time. Many unique craft skills have been handed down, providing us with a rich heritage of statutes and carvings in wood, bronze, gold, and copper. Discover how the bronze head of a Benin queen was cast using the lost wax process, how African clothes are made, how a farmer's house in Botswana is built, as well as the religious and many other aspects of African life.
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19th century ancestors Angola animal Asante Asantehene Bamileke battle beaded Benin Benin bronzes birds blade body armour bronze Cameroon carried carved cattle ceremonies chainmail Chokwe clay cloth coast colour compound copper costume cotton covered cowrie shells dance decorated Dinka Dogon dress drum dyes elaborate European fibres figures fish Fulani Ghana gold gourd groups hair head headdress healer herds hide horse hunting important Islam Karamojong Kenya king Kuanyama Kuba layer leather live Maasai Mali mancala mask masquerade Mbuti metal mould Muslim Nigeria Odudua ostrich painted pattern pieces played pottery priest protection Pygmy quilted raffia region rituals roof Sahara Desert secret societies shape shields Sierra Leone slaves Somalia spear spirits status sticks strings Sudan threads trade traditional traditionally Tuareg Uganda usually village wall warriors weapons wear west Africa women wood wooden wore worn woven Yoruba young girls Zaire Zimbabwe Zulu