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African Art: The Secular and the Supernatural

E&I Program: 
Distance Learning
Grade level : 
7 to 12

These teacher materials compare ritual and royal objects from the Yoruba and Edo peoples of Nigeria to learn how their rulers maintain worldly authority with the assistance of supernatural forces. Students will delight in examining a colorful beaded crown which empowers a Yoruba ruler and a three hundred year old bronze sculpture which establishes legitimacy for an Edo king. These and other stunning objects introduce divination, mythology and communication with ancestors to your class.