Monday, November 28, 2011

Dr. Ivor Miller at The Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington D.C.

Ivor Miller, Senior Fellow, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art presents:

A Cultural History of Cross River Civilization, National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC

After recreating African institutions of governance in the Caribbean during the colonial era, African descendants also documented large portions of their cultural history in 19th century manuscripts. Hidden from outsiders until recently, this little-known story has been shared with West African cultural leaders who are using it to understand their own pre-colonial traditional institutions and arts. With reference to photographs and objects in the NMAfA collections, Ivor Miller will present key themes of this story with the support of musicians and dancers from Cameroon and Cuba. The focus will be the Ekpè ‘leopard’ society of the Cross River region in southeastern Nigeria and southwestern Cameroon, and the historically related Cuban Abakuá society. Dr. Miller will be accompanied by Cuban musicians Roman Diaz and Onel Mulet.Traditional chiefs from Cameroon who live in the Washington DC region will participate.
Monday, November 28 @ 4 p.m.
National Museum of African Art
Lecture Hall, sublevel 2
950 Independence Avenue, SW
Take Metro to Smithsonian Station

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