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

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Nordic Africa Institute, 2001 - Social Science - 110 pages
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"The author describes Wodaabe cultural choices as "active archaisation". Different art forms are analysed in the light of identity construction by the Wodaabe. Their elaborate cultivation of beauty in make-up, tattoos, body paintings, calabash carvings, embroideries, and architecture all follow the principle of symmetry and order in the cosmos. The author emphasizes the gendered aspects of social life and identity construction and explores masculinity among nomadic Wodaabe men, who are living sculptures displaying their beauty as a spiritual act, full of honour and dignity."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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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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