n De Arte - African basketry : grassroots art from southern Africa, Anthony Cunningham and Elizabeth Terry : book reviews

Volume 2007, Issue 76
  • ISSN : 0004-3389
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This is a lucid, well-researched and amply illustrated book that does not shy away from raising challenging issues regarding basket making and the depletion of natural resources through the very industry that inspired this book. Early on in the introduction, the authors are careful to raise awareness regarding terms of reference, such as the use of the word 'traditional', the complexity of naming people according to ethnic or 'tribal' identities, and the difficult choices that determine the identification of plants according to scientific, English or local names. They show that these are not minor concerns, but rather ones that impact the writing on, and perceptions of, basketry and basket makers.

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