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

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Numu: le forgeron

11x14 graphite on bristol.

The numuw, (blacksmiths) play an important and complicated role in Mande society: their job of creating the tools that everyone depends on for work, farming, etc makes them indispensable, but their knowledge of and association with the occult often makes them both feared and respected. I came to watch this young blacksmith perform his grueling work at the forge one day, while I was visiting a neighboring village.


Drawing on Culture

An Artist’s West Africa Travelogue

$19.00

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