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by Simon Ottenberg,David A. Binkley


Ottenberg, Simon; Binkley, David Aaron.

Ottenberg, Simon; Binkley, David Aaron.

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Playful Performers is a study of children's masquerades in Africa. No other major work has covered this aspect of African children at this age level. The contributors describe specific cases of young children's masking in the areas of west, central, and southern Africa, which also happen to be the major areas of adult masquerading. The book offers a challenging perspective on young children, seeing them as active agents in their own culture rather than passive recipients of culture as taught by parents and other elders. It will be interesting reading for anthropologists, art historians, educators, and African studies specialists alike.

Courtesy David Lancy. Simon Ottenberg and David A. Binkley (Eds), 2006. Vietnam’s Children in a Changing World. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Playful Performers: African Children’s Masquerades. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers. Chisholm, John S. 1983. Susan J. Palmer and Charlotte E. Hardman (Eds) 1999.

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Simon Ottenberg and David A. Binkley, Introduction, in Simon Ottenberg and David A. Binkley, e. Playful Performers African Children’s Masquerade (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2006), . oogle. oogle Scholar. 3. Jacob Egharevba, Some Stories of Ancient Benin (Benin City: Author, 1951), 54;Google Scholar. Cite this chapter as: Usuanlele U. (2015) Children’s Masquerade: Performance and Creativity in Benin City. In: Aderinto S. (eds) Children and Childhood in Colonial Nigerian Histories. Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

Playful Performers celebrates the ingenuity of African children as they explore, through playful activity, the .

Playful Performers celebrates the ingenuity of African children as they explore, through playful activity, the world of masquerade performance. The aesthetic power and mystery of masquerade inspire children as young as five years of age to imitate adult masked dancers or to create their own masks, costumes and dances that they perform to the delight of youngsters and adults alike. The volume reveals the considerable creativity and ingenuity that children exhibit in preparing costumes, masks and musical instruments, and in playing music, dancing, singing, and acting. The book includes over 50 pages of black and white photographs, which illustrate and elaborate upon the authors' main points.

Women and children and also some men may rush into the houses when a Nyau performer appears. a b c d Ottenberg, Simon; Binkley, David Aaron (2006). Playful performers: African children's masquerades. Transaction Publishers. p. 223. ISBN 978-0-7658-0286-6. Nyau is the presence of the dead, an encounter with a spirit and so associated with fear and ritual dread. However, senior women perform in the Gule Wamkulu with intricate clapping, singing, dancing and chanting, responding to the song of the masquerader and are close to the dancers.

African children develop aesthetic sensibilities at an early age, roughly from four to fourteen years. By the time they become full-fledged adolescents they may have had up to ten years experience with various art forms--masking, music, costuming, dancing, and performance. Aesthetic learning is vital to their maturation. The contributors to this volume argue that the idea that learning the aesthetics of a culture only occurs after maturity is false, as is the idea that children wearing masks is only play, and is not to be taken seriously.

Playful Performers is a study of children's masquerades in Africa. The contributors describe specific cases of young children's masking in the areas of west, central, and southern Africa, which also happen to be the major areas of adult masquerading. The volume reveals the considerable creativity and ingenuity that children exhibit in preparing costumes, masks and musical instruments, and in playing music, dancing, singing, and acting. The book includes over 50 pages of black and white photographs, which illustrate and elaborate upon the authors' main points. The editors describe general categories of children's masquerades. In each of the three masking categories children's relationships to their parents and other adults differ, from a close relationship to some independence to almost complete independence. No other major work has covered this aspect of African children at this age level. The book offers a challenging perspective on young children, seeing them as active agents in their own culture rather than passive recipients of culture as taught by parents and other elders. It will be interesting reading for anthropologists, art historians, educators, and African studies specialists alike.

Playful Performers: African Children's Masquerades epub download

ISBN13: 978-0765802866

ISBN: 0765802864

Author: Simon Ottenberg,David A. Binkley

Category: Social Sciences

Subcategory: Social Sciences

Language: English

Publisher: Transaction Publishers; 1 edition (March 30, 2006)

Pages: 268 pages

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