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Camara Laye: Conversation about Africa

Object Details

Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Scope and Contents
Camara Laye talked about griots who transmit the oral culture of Africa; his work as oral historian; the novel he was writing; the seven African countries that compressed the Empire Mali and the countries' shared culture; Kinte project with Alex Haley; African civilization as a social, humanistic civilization and European civilization as a mechanic civilization; expanded African family versus limited European family; limited independence of Africa; and regrouping of Africa. Following Camara Laye lecture, the remainder of the recording includes a demonstration/conversation about tie dying technique; and two women conversing about an alphabet book of African culture and what they are going to do the following day.
Lecture. Audio Only. French with English interpretation. AV001386: poor audio quality. Dated 19770728.
2 Sound recordings (audio cassette)
Archival materials
Sound recordings
African Americans
African culture
Oral history
Africa, West
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Camara Laye: Conversation about Africa, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
ACMA.03-031, Item ACMA AV001375_A
Local Numbers
ACMA AV001375_B ACMA AV001386_A
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