Discussion and Resources from Dr. Christopher D. Roy

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Dear Colleagues:

This site (H-AfrArts) seems to have morphed into a place to advertise conferences, rather than a place to have discussions, but nevertheless I would like to let you know that I have developed several online resources for teaching that may be helpful to you. School has started at most universities and you may be looking for material to use with your classes when you travel to a conference or to give a paper.

Please allow me to recommend:

This is a brand-new video about the performances of Nunuma masks in the small rural town of Kiere, in south central Burkina. It was recorded in June, 2016. This was recorded by Dr. Boureima Diamitani, Director of The West African Museums Program in Ouagadougou.

This is a video version of the very famous essay by Horace Miner titled “ Body Ritual Among the Nacirema.” I continue to find the essay to be brilliant and extremely useful, and students enjoy watching the movie.

This is a compilation of decades of video and film beginning with the early films by Marcel Griaule and Jean Rouch and including videos made very recently. It is lengthy and detailed, and shows details such as Marcel Griaule's funeral in the Bandiagara cliffs, and the most recent Sigui ceremony that very few people have seen before. There is ample material about the elaborate stories of creation among the Dogon that will help your students better understand how complex Dogon stories are.

I have devoted this website to recording as many videos about African art and performance as I can find. They come from countries all over Africa. I became interested in the subject when I discovered the vast quantity of excellent video available on the Dogon people. Unfortunately, there is not a vast amount of material on many of the other peoples of Africa. I have included only videos that actually show African art, and I have ignored videos made at popular public performances that are not helpful. I am not very interested in performances staged for tourists at big public festivals in capital cities. If you are aware of excellent videos that I have not included I will be happy to hear from you.

I began this website to document and publicize the very large number of objects from Burkina Faso that were stolen from the National Museum in Ouagadougou between about 1975 and 1985. It has now morphed into a much broader website that includes a great deal of material by scholars in the United States, France, and Burkina Faso about the cultural life of the peoples of Burkina Faso.

This is the wonderful website that was assembled by Catherine Hale and Cory Gundlach based on the CD that I made almost 20 years ago. It is one of the most frequently visited websites in the world on African visual culture. It is sponsored for K-12 and postsecondary teachers by the National Endowment for the Arts. There are thousands of images based on scholars' field research, and thousands of images of African art objects in museum collections around the world.

1.6 million people have watched my videos https://www.youtube.com/user/CDROYburkina. I hope you and your students find them helpful.

Christopher D. Roy
Elizabeth M. Stanley Fellow and
Professor of Art History
The University of Iowa
206 Art Building West
141 North Riverside Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
New website: http://www.artofburkinafaso.com/