08 Arts of Africa - ART 1012 Art History Survey II Fall...

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ART 1012 Art History Survey II Fall 2009 Study Aid 8: Arts of Africa No single “Africa” as a place: Africa is many places, its cultures diverse and in thousands of locations. Africa has hundreds of distinct ethnic, cultural, and linguistic groups, currently located within 52 nations Very distinct climate zones: high mountains in the east, deserts in north and south, and 3 great rivers (Niger, Congo, and Nile) support very different populations Populations have ranged in size from a few hundred to several million. Councils of elders typically governed smaller groups, while African kingdoms and empires headed by sacred rulers/kings date from approximately 1000 CE onward in different parts of Africa Common core beliefs and practices: honoring ancestors, worshiping nature deities, tendency to elevate rulers to sacred status, and tendency to consult diviners or fortune tellers Many richly expressive art traditions: rock engraving and painting, personal decoration,
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