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Author Prussin, Labelle.

Title African nomadic architecture : space, place, and gender / Labelle Prussin.

Published Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press : National Museum of African Art, [1995]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Archit  728 PRUS    DUE 18-11-19
Physical description xxii, 245 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), maps (some colour) ; 29 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-232) and index.
Contents Foreword / Robert Farris Thompson -- Foreword / Sylvia H. Williams -- 1. The Tent in African History -- 2. Environment and Space -- 3. The Creative Process -- 4. The Hassaniya-Speaking Nomads: Tekna, Trarza, and Brakna / Peter A. Andrews and Odette Du Puigaudeau --5. The Tuareg: Kel Ahaggar and Kel Ferwan -- 6. The Tubu: Nomads in the Eastern Sahara -- 7. Mahria Tents: The Woman's Domain / Uta Holter -- 8. Rendille Habitation / Anders Grum -- 9. Handicrafts of the Somali Nomadic Women / Arlene Fullerton and Amina Adan -- 10. The Nomadic Aesthetic.
Summary Combining extensive field research from West Africa to the Horn with findings culled from American and European museum archives, Labelle Prussin and the book's other contributors - including Peter A. Andrews, Uta Holter, Anders Grum, Amina H. Adan, and Arlene Fullerton - offer insights into the daily life of African nomads whose material culture is shaped by their desert environment. The more than two hundred diagrams, plans, and photographs in the text illustrate some of the regional variation in architectural style, extending from the tensile structures of West Africa to the mat-covered armature frames built by East African nomads. Two dozen color images highlight the most striking architectural examples and their surroundings.
Subject Tents -- Africa, Northeast.
Nomads -- Dwellings -- Africa, North.
Architecture, Domestic -- Africa, Northeast.
Vernacular architecture -- Africa, Northeast.
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