Through a detailed and holistic regional study of West Africa's ethnic groups, cultures, languages, religions, music, dance, art, crafts, and architecture, "West Africa" provides students with a comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date review of this region. This volume contains a regional introduction followed by a series of A-to-Z articles on specific ethnic groups, material cultures, performing arts and literature, and religious, social, and cultural topics. This volume also includes an index specific to this subject area. Topics included are: African-language literature; Dogon; Festival and ceremony; Fulani; Igbo; Leatherwork; Masks and masquerades; Mossi; Sculpture; and Yoruba.
Editor Peter Mitchell is a university lecturer in African prehistory and holds a tutorial fellowship in archaeology at St. Hugh's College, University of Oxford, England. He is also curator of African archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, and an academic member of the multidisciplinary African Studies Centre based at St Antony's College, Oxford. He has previously worked at the University of Cape Town. He serves on the Governing Council of the British Institute in Eastern Africa and is a member of the editorial boards of the African Archaeological Review, Antiquity, Before Farming, Journal of African History, South African Archaeological Bulletin, Southern African Humanities, and World Archaeology. He is also president of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists.