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Re: Art activities to teach other cultures

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Collier Family (atla)
Fri, 09 Oct 1998 20:29:19 +0200

why do the African people create masks, are they art, or do they have

Dear Amanda,
African people traditionally do not create art for arts sake.
Everything has a function. Sometimes the rationalisation would be "my
ancestors told me to do this'" and as such the piece would have a
function, namely, complying with said ancestors wishes.
In fact, traditional Africans are quite scornful of "art".

Tracey in darkest Africa