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Kongo across the Waters

Cooksey, Susan, Robin Poynor, and Hein Vanhee

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ISBN 10: 0813049458 / ISBN 13: 9780813049458
Published by University Press of Florida, Gainsville, Florida, 2013
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Soft cover. A near fine copy with a small tear at the top of the spine. 458 pages, index, bibliography, contributors. There are maps through that explain where the art comes from and where its influence goes. There some really wonderful pictures showing Africans in European dress and some awful illustrations of the Middle Passage and the life of Slavery. Much is arts and crafts of Africa and the New World. Bookseller Inventory # 008043

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Title: Kongo across the Waters

Publisher: University Press of Florida, Gainsville, Florida

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

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?A powerful statement through both word and image of how individuals of African descent have negotiated African cultural practices, whether through remembrance or rediscovery, as strategies for their physical and psychological health.??Jean Borgatti, Boston University

 

?Uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding Kongo culture in Africa and its transformation in North America. Valuable in its scope and coverage, this is an important collection of studies from the leading scholars on Kongo.??Mariana Candido, author of An African Slaving Port and the Atlantic World

The Kingdom of Kongo, situated in today?s Angola and the DRC, had already developed a sophisticated artistic and cultural life by the time the Portuguese arrived in 1483. Europeans soon admired and collected particular forms of Kongo art while Kongo elites converted to Christianity and started communicating with European courts through writing.

         
With the development of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, many less fortunate Kongolese were transported to the New World. From the Chesapeake Bay to New Orleans, Kongo peoples left their imprint on the life, art, and cultures of the African diaspora. Only recently have scholars begun to fully understand the extent of this influence.


Immersing readers in Kongo history and culture, the contributors to Kongo across the Waters investigate how an African culture with considerable historical depth evolved over five centuries in West Central Africa and also contributed significantly to the process of culture formation in communities of enslaved Africans and descendants of enslaved Africans in North America. By looking at art from Kongo and from African American communities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Kongo across the Waters brings to light historic links between West Central Africa and North America.


This volume allows leading scholars of Kongo history, anthropology, linguistics, archaeology, and art to examine the history of Kongo peoples from the fifteenth century through today. These essays probe the historical interactions between the Kongolese and the Atlantic world, Kongo presence and influence in the United States, and Kongo inspired artistic expression in contemporary art.

         
Visually and textually appealing, Kongo across the Waters is an overdue and valuable contribution to the literature on Africa?s history and its Atlantic connections.

 

About the Author:

Susan Cooksey is curator of African Art at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. Robin Poynor is professor of art history at the University of Florida. Hein Vanhee is a curator of African collections at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium.

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