Inside Africa – Exhibit Highlights
INSIDE AFRICA EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS
Families and Festivals
– Kora. A kora is a musical instrument made by attaching a long, wooden neck to a calabash. Players pluck and strum as many as 21 strings and drum on the kora’s hollow body. The kora on display once belonged to renowned musician and griot Soriba Kouyate.
– Termite Mound. Common to the savanna, termite mounds such as this one can reach up to 15 feet tall (2.8 m tall) and 15 feet (2.8 m) in diameter, with walls up to 20 inches (51 cm) thick.
– Interactive Well. Getting water from a well is hard work. The interactive pulley simulates the power needed to hoist a 13-gallon bucket up 98 feet, about one third the length of a football field. Visitors can imagine the effort needed to draw enough water for a family and their animals-goats, donkeys and a herd of thirsty camels.
– Tuareg Tent and Bed. As nomadic desert dwellers, many Tuareg people live in goat-skin tents. Their central furnishing is the bed. When the family moves, the bed is the first thing assembled and the last thing taken apart.
– Slave Ship. Witness the life conditions on a slave ship, step onto the slavery auction block, participate in plantation life and learn about the abolition of slavery.
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Source: Evergreen Exhibitions