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Ways of the Rivers: Arts and Environment of the Niger Delta

Anderson, Martha and Philip Peek

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ISBN 10: 0930741900 / ISBN 13: 9780930741907
Published by Univ of California Museum of, 2002
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Title: Ways of the Rivers: Arts and Environment of ...

Publisher: Univ of California Museum of

Publication Date: 2002

Book Condition:Very Good

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Published in conjunction with the 2002 UCLA exhibition at the Fowler Museum, this volume deals with the complex cultural matrix of the Niger Delta. Through the contributions of an interdisciplinary research team, ten chapters examine the relationship of culture to environment and explore the expression of the region as a whole, not just a single ethnic group. They cover early history, trade, and contact; environment and cultural confluence; and arts and identity. Illustrated with color and b&w photographs. The book is slightly oversize: 9x12<">. It is distributed by the U. of Washington Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Anderson (Wild Spirits, Strong Medicine) and Peek (African Divination Systems) present an excellent collection of some 25 scholarly essays with 448 illustrations (376 in color), published in conjunction with an exhibition at the UCLA Fowler Museum. This volume serves as more than an exhibit catalog, providing an anthropological exploration of the relationship between the art and rituals of this region of Africa and its water-focused environment. As the text demonstrates, the diverse ethnic groups living in the Niger Delta have long participated in a vibrant and widespread exchange of ideas and art forms, both among one another and with Western nations, because of the region's culture of trade and travel. The essays are generously illustrated with color photographs of artifacts and ceremonial activity from the groups defined by these languages: Ijo, Isoko/Urbhbo, Itsekiri, and Ogoni. The book lacks an index but includes an appendix detailing language relationships in the delta. Appropriate for most academic and larger public libraries.
Nancy B. Turner, Syracuse Univ. Lib., NY
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