Ethnic Ambiguity and the African Past: Materiality, History, and the Shaping of Cultural Identities.
Ethnic Ambiguity and the African Past: Materiality, History, and the Shaping of Cultural Identities
Edited by Francois G. Richard and Kevin C. MacDonald
Left Coast Press, Inc.
Publications of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London
The 10 essays in this collection use archaeology to explore ethnicity in ancient Africa, including the Wandala, Luba, Twa, Tutsi, and Hutu, in Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and East Africa, focusing on how material remains can inform understanding of the ambiguities of ethnicity in social and political terms. Archaeologists and anthropologists from Europe and the US consider the construction and deconstruction of ideas of self-understanding, belonging, and difference in Africa as they intersect with states, landscapes, discourses, memory, technology, politics, and power. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)