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Unformatted text preview: and the reactions these sophisticated artistic artifacts elicited from European explorers and archeologists (that they must be examples of either early European or Mediterranean settlement in Africa, or that the craft had been exported from there.) Hendricks is especially contemptuous of these theories and their underlying assumptions. Hendricks portrays African art as ‘total art,’ placing the mask (the most recognizable aspect of African art) in context of religious activity that would involve dance, costume, music, ceremony and perhaps more. Hendricks continues by describing various forms and functions of the masks in greater West Africa and especially among its secret societies such as the Poro....
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- Summer '07
- Atlantic Slave Trade, mask, Geoffrey Hendricks