WHY ARE IRON WORKS CREATED?
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African blacksmiths forge iron for a variety of different events and purposes, enhancing the efficacies and meanings of iron in community life. Iron tools have permitted communities to harness nature while iron weapons have offered protection. As a medium, iron has ensured the potencies of sacred acts, assisting with life’s challenges and transitions. Sounds produced by iron musical instruments continue to call forth ancestors and deities.

Explore featured iron works using the buttons below to learn more about why iron has gained and retained significance throughout centuries. Short activities accompany each work.

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