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“Donso: le chasseur” - 11 x 14 in. (28 x 36 cm), graphite on bristol.

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Donso: le chasseur

11x14 graphite on bristol.

Donsoya is the art and knowledge of the hunt, and the Donso are initiated hunters who play an important role in Mande society. The hunter in this drawing came to honor the chief of the village in a grand fête that lasted all day, with much music and dancing. This man’s powerful rifle was constructed by hand in the village by a local blacksmith, and he fired off several shots to honor the village’s chief, who had recently passed away.

Drawing on Culture

An Artist’s West Africa Travelogue


In Drawing on Culture, Kobrenski shares his artwork, stories, and insights about culture and worldviews with the keen eye of an anthropologist so that we might, in turn, see our own cultural worldview with new eyes.

More than thirty new artworks from his time in Guinea are compiled here alongside his own field notes and essays. His portrait drawings inspire conversations about diversity, tradition, and why ancient ways of knowing are now more relevant than ever.

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“Dave Kobrenski is a gifted artist and musician, and a better anthropologist than many of the PhDs I know. Here is a fine text that depicts people as they are, illustrates their essence, and demonstrates the importance of appreciating, without appropriating, their lives and ways of being.”

Katherine Donahue, Ph.D, Professor Emerita, Anthropology