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The Mande Blacksmiths


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AcknowledgmentsI. Blacksmiths in Mande Society
The Mande Social System
The Nyamakala Special Professionals
Nyamakala and the Smiths' Ambiguous StatusII. The Mande Smiths as Craftsmen
ArticulationIII. Smiths and the Shape of Civilized SpaceThe Principles of Medicine and Sorcery
A Hierarchy of Practitioners
Amulets and Secret Devices
Social Instrumentality
The Relative Roles of Blacksmiths and HuntersIV. The Blacksmiths' Sculpture
The Character of Sculpture and the Other Roles of Smiths
The Smiths' Iron Art
Tamaw: Spear Blades
Fitinew: Iron Lamps
Negemusow and Negesotigiw: Iron Women and Iron Horse Masters
Komokunw: The Power Masks of the Mande SmithsV. The Mande Smiths as Men of Means
The Problem of Explanations
The Unity of Enterprise
The Resolution of Movement
The Contradiction of Position
The Responsibility of ArtistsNotes

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Examines the artistic, technological, social, and spiritual dimensions of Mande blacksmiths


" ... finely crafted scholarship. Elegant and graceful, yet packed with knowledge and information, it embodies the aesthetic qualities which it describes and explores." American Ethnologist "The text is detailed and informative, and enjoyable reading ... " Choice "The Mande Blacksmith is an important book ... sensitive, sympathetic, multifaceted, and thorough ... " African Arts "McNaughton's Mande Blacksmiths is undeniably the most profound study of African artists yet published." Ethnoarts " ... penetrating ... McNaughton boldly grapples with the thorniest issues related to his subject and articulates them with clarity and precision." International Journal of African Historical Studies " ... a work in the best tradition of ethnographic research... critical reappraisal, innovative inquiry, and fresh observation ... make this book an invaluable fund of new material on Mande societies ..." American Anthropologist "McNaughton ... provides an important interpretation of these artists' conceptual place as members of a complex culture." Religious Studies Review

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