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This Blog is a companion component of CAT113 ~ AFRICAN AMERICAN TRADITIONS,
Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PROJECT #1 The African Mask - f14

Mask called "Obalufon", 14th-early 15th. century copper

PROJECT #1 Due: February 4 , 2013 (beginning of class).....
Here a bit of background information to inspire your creativity.

Iron Technology

The use of iron and development of its technology in Benin kingdom has had influences in the state-building process. Iron technology led to the development of weapons which changed the character of war. Generally, in West Africa, the states that rose to power in the period between 1400 and 1700 AD such as Benin, Nupe, Igalla, and Oyo in present day Nigeria, dominated others partly because of the advantages in the development of iron technology. The earliest known iron working in sub-Saharan Africa was discovered at the site of Taruga in present day Central Nigeria, where an advanced iron technology existed as early as the sixth century BC. Archaeological excavations unearthed a number of iron-smelting sites at Taruga, with radiocarbon dates from the fifth to the third centuries BC.

Saturday, August 23, 2014



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THESE READINGS ARE NOT FOUND IN YOUR COURSE TEXT. The Following articles are meant to provide a foundation for all that we will study this semester. PLEASE READ THESE TWO ASSIGNMENTS BEFORE BEGINNING READINGS AND IN CLASS WORK:
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