Inside Africa – Exhibit Sections
INSIDE AFRICA EXHIBIT CONTENT BY SECTION
The content of “INSIDE AFRICA” is organized into four sections: 1) Families and Festivals, 2) Safari, 3) Caravan, and 4) Diaspora. Hands-on exhibitry, three-dimensional settings, multimedia presentations and artifacts reveal the diversity of the world’s second largest continent from historical and contemporary perspectives.
Families and Festivals
The exhibit opens with a contemporary cityscape of urban life in Dakar, Senegal’s cosmopolitan capital on the Atlantic coast. Museum-goers can observe modern family life through realistic settings in the courtyard of a suburban home and through videos of the family’s actual courtyard activities. This section contains an orientation gallery that offers basic facts about Africa: its countries, cities, languages, religions and geography.
Emphasizing African wildlife and ecological tourism, this section features life-size animal skulls and their environmental adaptations, a giant termite mound, and interactive video displays on gorilla research.
Interactive and lifelike displays in an oasis and a Tuareg family tent reveal the complex desert ecosystem in “Commerce Caravans Across the Sahara.” An actual goat-skin tent and other household objects depict the everyday life of modern Tuareg merchants who crisscross the 3.5-million-square-mile Sahara to reach several of Africa’s metropolitan trading cities.
This section examines Africa’s interrelationships with the Americas, focusing on the dispersal of African peoples from Canada to Argentina. Visitors learn how the majority of Africans historically arrive in the Americas, through an elaboration of the transatlantic slave trade. Visitors can discover African contributions to the creation of contemporary societies, as well as ways people of African descent celebrate their own cultures today.
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Source: Evergreen Exhibitions