African arts & cultures
Celebrate the diversity and beauty of cultures in sub-Saharan Africa through a study of their art. Examine the traditional role of art in all facets of life -- the rites of passage, religious rituals, farming and daily existence. Conveying political, social, and economic themes, these works of art are visual proof of the cultural distinctiveness of the different African peoples.
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