Haitian Vodou Flags

Author: Patrick Arthur Polk

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781578060245

Category: Art

Page: 72

View: 6655


Once little known outside of Haiti, Vodou flags (drapo Vodou), dazzling in color and imagery, have become popular commodities in the international art market. Works by such notable Haitian artists as Silva Joseph, Antoine Oleyant, and Yves Telemak now grace the walls of museums, art galleries, and private homes throughout the world. In showcasing Vodou flags and the artists who create them, this book also offers a striking revelation of the gods (lwa) that inhabit the Vodou spirit world. Inspired by myths, legends, and unique personal visions, the artists of Vodou flags interweave sacred, time-honored designs with contemporary images as they produce these captivating works. Their flags, incorporating ritual drawings, Masonic symbols, and pictures of mermaids and Catholic saints, offer viewers an encounter with the aesthetics, symbolism, and social implications of Vodou. This spiritual realm reflected in the flags is not the dark, frightening place of black magic and superstition so often stereotyped in popular culture. Instead, drapo exemplify the beauty, elegance, and enduring embrace of gods and ancestors in their present manifestations. The flags are artists' visual testimonials that the lwa are present and active in the lives of Vodou practitioners.

Self-Taught, Outsider and Folk Art

A Guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources, 3d ed.

Author: Betty-Carol Sellen

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786475854

Category: Art

Page: 320

View: 1108


Reviews of the first edition: “Important...well-researched...highly recommended.”--Library Journal “A rich resource...useful.”—ARBA “Lots of good information...highly recommended.”--The Outsider “User-friendly...absorbing...invaluable.”--Raw Vision “Excellent...there is no doubt that every serious collector will want to own a copy.”--Folk Art Finder “Comprehensive...painstaking research...truly amazing.”--Folk Art Messenger “Useful to both curious newcomers and serious collectors.”--Ames News Much has changed in the world of self-taught art since the millennium. Many of the recognized "masters" have died and new artists have emerged. Many galleries have closed but few new ones have opened, as artists and dealers increasingly sell through websites and social media. The growth and popularity of auction houses have altered the relationship between artists and collectors. In its third edition, this book provides updated information on artists, galleries, museums, auctions, organizations and publications for both experienced and aspiring collectors of self-taught, outsider and folk art. Gallery and museum entries are organized geographically and alphabetically by state and city.

Encyclopedia of American Folklife

Author: Simon J Bronner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317471954

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 731

View: 7690


American folklife is steeped in world cultures, or invented as new culture, always evolving, yet often practiced as it was created many years or even centuries ago. This fascinating encyclopedia explores the rich and varied cultural traditions of folklife in America - from barn raisings to the Internet, tattoos, and Zydeco - through expressions that include ritual, custom, crafts, architecture, food, clothing, and art. Featuring more than 350 A-Z entries, "Encyclopedia of American Folklife" is wide-ranging and inclusive. Entries cover major cities and urban centers; new and established immigrant groups as well as native Americans; American territories, such as Guam and Samoa; major issues, such as education and intellectual property; and expressions of material culture, such as homes, dress, food, and crafts. This encyclopedia covers notable folklife areas as well as general regional categories. It addresses religious groups (reflecting diversity within groups such as the Amish and the Jews), age groups (both old age and youth gangs), and contemporary folk groups (skateboarders and psychobillies) - placing all of them in the vivid tapestry of folklife in America. In addition, this resource offers useful insights on folklife concepts through entries such as "community and group" and "tradition and culture." The set also features complete indexes in each volume, as well as a bibliography for further research.


Author: Paul Clammer

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 1841624152

Category: Travel

Page: 232

View: 3328


The only dedicated guidebook to Haiti, covering everything from culture and history to living and working in Haiti.

Mami Wata

Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas

Author: N.A

Publisher: Fowler Museum


Category: Art

Page: 227

View: 8914


This book traces the visual cultures and histories of Mami Wata and other African water divinities. Mami Wata, often portrayed with the head and torso of a woman and the tail of a fish, is at once beautiful, jealous, generous, seductive, and potentially deadly. A water spirit widely known across Africa and the African diaspora, her origins are said to lie "overseas," although she has been thoroughly incorporated into local beliefs and practics. She can bring good fortune in the form of money, and her power increased between the fifteenth and twentieth centuries, the era of growing international trade between Africa and the rest of the world. Her name, which may be translated as "Mother Water" or "Mistress Water," is pidgin English, a language developed to lubricate trade. Africans forcibly carried across the Atlantic as part of that "trade" brought with them their beliefs and practices honoring Mami Wata and other ancestral deities. Henry John Drewal is the Evjue-Bascom Professor of African and African Diaspora Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Other contributors include Marilyn Houlberg, Bogumil Jewsiewicki, Amy L. Noell, John W. Nunley, and Jill Salmons.

Miraculous Weapons

Revolutionary Ideology in Caribbean Culture

Author: Joy Allison Indira Mahabir

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated


Category: Art

Page: 167

View: 7096


To revolutionary Caribbean artists who support liberation struggles, their works are «miraculous weapons», in Aimé Césaire’s poetic words. Pan-Caribbean and interdisciplinary in scope, this unique and original book analyzes a heterogeneous body of progressive texts: novels, poetry, visual art, and music, as well as the form that assembles them all - the Caribbean Carnival. By exploring the social, political, intellectual, and cultural complexity of the Caribbean, Joy A. I. Mahabir presents a new and compelling perspective on Caribbean studies that responds to and challenges recent work in this field.

Spirits in Sequins

Vodou Flags of Haiti

Author: Nancy Josephson

Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780764325960

Category: Art

Page: 176

View: 8994


Folk art traditions in Haiti today have risen to the level of fine art in the beaded flags shown here. Over 350 color photographs present hundreds of unique designs by dozens of contemporary artists. But this is not just a pretty book; it also explores spiritual beliefs at the core of the designs and a folk lore expressed in this most unique format. Personal stories absorb readers into the culture that the flags represent. Beautiful designs and exquisite craftsmanship are featured.

Sacred arts of Haitian vodou

Author: Donald Cosentino,University of California, Los Angeles. Fowler Museum of Cultural History

Publisher: Univ of California Museum of

ISBN: 9780930741471

Category: Art

Page: 443

View: 1953



Signs and symbols

African images in African-American quilts

Author: Maude Wahlman,Museum of American Folk Art

Publisher: Studio


Category: Art

Page: 134

View: 6205


In a colorful and illuminating celebration of African American quilting styles--and an exciting complement to the classic Stitched From the Soul--the author explores African religious symbols, textile techniques, and aesthetic traditions. 200 color photos.