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<< Back to Publications For information on ordering, click here or visit the Fowler Museum Store. To speak with a store representative, please call (310) 206-7004. Edited by Allen F. Roberts, Tom Joyce, and Marla C. Berns with William J. Dewey, Henry J. Drewal, and Candice Goucher This book combines interdisciplinary scholarship with vivid illustrations to offer the most comprehensive treatment of the blacksmith's art in sub-Saharan Africa to date. For more than two millennia, African blacksmiths have transformed one of Earth s most basic natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, prestige, spiritual potency, and astonishing artistry shaping African cultures in the most fundamental ways. Interspersed throughout are photographs of more than 250 diverse works from over 100 ethnic groups including tools, blades, currencies, wood sculptures studded with iron, musical instruments, and accoutrements with field photographs documenting blacksmiths at work and objects in use. Striking Iron's seventeen contributors write from the disciplinary perspectives of art history, art, anthropology, archaeology, history, and astronomy, examining how the blacksmiths  virtuosity can harness powers of the natural and spiritual worlds, effect change and ensure protection, assist with life s challenges and transitions, and enhance the efficacies of sacred acts.  Authors include Rowland Abiodun, Shadreck Chirikure, lsaie Dougnon, Manuel Jordan, Colleen Kriger, E.C. Krupp, Scott MacEachern, Patrick McNaughton, Philip M. Peek, Ray Silverman, and John Watson. PUBLISHED: September 2019 BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 512 Pages, 9 x 11 in, 523 illustrations ISBN: 9780990762669

Elmer the elephant is covered in bright-colored patchwork. No wonder the other elephants laugh at him! Children of all ages are invited to discover David McKee’s comical fable about a colorful elephant’s struggle to be himself in Elmer the Patchwork Elephant (1989). After the reading,...

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