Inside Africa – Fact Sheet
INSIDE AFRICA FACT SHEET
WHAT: “INSIDE AFRICA” is hosted by Cincinnati Museum Center, in association with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. It is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions, based on a permanent display at the Field Museum in Chicago.
NATIONAL SPONSORS: Procter & Gamble Company
PURPOSE: To explore the diversity of the world’s second largest continent. The exhibit views the continent and its peoples from historical and contemporary perspectives through hands-on activities, multimedia presentations an impressive collection of African artifacts.
SECTIONS: 1) Families and Festivals, 2) Safari, 3) Caravan, 4) Diaspora
EXHIBIT SIZE: 6,300 square feet
POINTS OF INTEREST:
– Kora. (Families and Festivals) 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.
– Gorilla family research. (Safari) Visitors can peer through binoculars to view videos of a mountain gorilla family at play.
– Tuareg tent. (Caravan) The mobile home of a caravaneer, an actual tent made of goat skins displays the belongings of a Tuareg family. Tuareg merchants love their nomadic desert life, crisscrossing the Sahara on camels to reach metropolitan trading cities.
– Slave ship. (Diaspora) Within the darkened interior of a slave ship, spotlights illumine the silhouettes of four enslaved Africans as they tell their individual stories. Each story begins in a different African language, with its translation completed in English or Spanish.
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Source: Evergreen Exhibitions