we mentioned this a few months ago, but the text below has a few new bits of
information that may be of interest... Steve Smith
To: Multiple recipients of list VISCOM
Subject: Visual Anthropology of African and the African Diaspora
Date: Friday, 24 January, 1997 5:03PM
For scholars teaching courses that include African and/or African-related
visual anthropology, I might suggest my newly published book (September,
1996): VIDEOS OF AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-RELATED PERFORMANCE: AN ANNOTATED
BIBLIOGRAPHY. [See several-page WEB site comprising the Introduction, sample
entries, and selected excerpts from the 3 indexes at
Although not all of the 1,394 entries are strictly "anthropological," many
are, disseminated by the Institut fur den Wissenschaftlichen in Germany, and
similar educational sites in France, Belgium, Trinidad & Tobago, Canada, and
other countries outside the United States; as well as by such high-calibre
distributors in the United States as DER, PUBLIC MEDIA, INC., CALIFORNIA
NEWSREEL, and THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY, to name but a few. Over 68
countries are represented, and all videos could be purchased at the
time of writing.
"Performance" is interpreted broadly (as defined in the Introduction) so as
to incorporate: African traditional and popular music, dance, drama,
rituals,oral tradition, games, healing practices, carnivals, work
life, athletic performance, women's studies, children's videos, pageantry,
and many other aspects of African and African-influenced cultures shown "in
Activities and practices of a large number of ethnic groups are included.
Selected Diasporic videos involve particular European countries; and in the
New World, range from Nova Scotia through the United States, the Caribbean,
and South America down to Brazil. Videos are of jazz, blues, gospel, rap,
calypso, reggae, samba, steel pan, storytelling, African-influenced
religions, and far more.
A Distributors Index, Names Index, and 37-page detailed Subject Index are
important components of the Book - the latter, because of its encompassing
subject range, indeed suggesting an anthropology book.
Irrespective of whether one sees the actual videos - though they are not to
be minimized - the book itself impresses users as unique, timely,
interesting, and informative. Most annotations are 100 words in length.
Beautifully illustrated portraits of African people abound.
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