Nomads who Cultivate Beauty: Wod̳aab̳e Dances and Visual Arts in Niger

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Nordic Africa Institute, Jan 1, 2001 - Social Science - 110 pages
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Why do young men use mirrors and makeup more than girls? Why do the Wodaabe nomads of West Africa have beauty parades for men? Wodaabe??'s extraordinary and unique live performan-ces are often misunderstood by outsiders. The book pro-vides some answers about these aesthetic activities. The author describes Wodaabe cultural choices as "active archaisation." Different art forms are analysed in the light of identity construction by the Wodaabe.
 

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Contents

Meeting WodaaBe Nomads
9
The importance of beauty
15
The symmetrical principle in cattlethe human face
31
Makingup before dancing
37
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About the author (2001)

Bovin is a social anthropologist from Arhus University in Denmark. She spent eight years among Wodaabe nomads between 1968 and 2000 in Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and speaks their language.

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