The Resource Igbo talking signs in antebellum Virginia : religion, ancestors, and the aesthetics of freedom, by Rachel Malcolm-Woods, (electronic resource)

Igbo talking signs in antebellum Virginia : religion, ancestors, and the aesthetics of freedom, by Rachel Malcolm-Woods, (electronic resource)

Label
Igbo talking signs in antebellum Virginia : religion, ancestors, and the aesthetics of freedom
Title
Igbo talking signs in antebellum Virginia
Title remainder
religion, ancestors, and the aesthetics of freedom
Statement of responsibility
by Rachel Malcolm-Woods
Creator
Contributor
Thesis advisor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Explaining the presence of cemetery stones with Igbo writing in Amherst County, Virginia, was the basis for this study. How, when and why did inscriptions called Nsibiri make the journey from West Africa to the Blue Ridge Mountains? A combination of sources and disciplines was used to verify a strong Igbo presence in Virginia and to support the theory that the stones were carved by people from Igboland. Primary sources, recent scholarship, oral interviews and studying Igbo culture and religion answered many questions. A historical methodological approach, the interrogation of primary sources, was employed with the Igbo methodology of documenting history in traditions and material culture. Early history of Igbo Americans was recorded in Igbo fashion in burial traditions, by making the marks of the ancestors and through hard work. Religion was the binder that held Igbo culture together in West Africa and carried it to the United States. Igbo craftsmen, who were both traditional and contemporary, appropriated new ideas but maintained core religious practices and beliefs. They practiced religion, formed brotherhoods and helped pioneer the Virginia hinterland. The Blue Ridge gorge was tamed with the creation of bateau canals by enslaved black men, descendants of Igbo slaves. The iron furnace industry became successful through their talents and labor. By floating iron and hogsheads of tobacco to market in Nigerian-style boats on the James River, they established working relationships with whites based on the philosophy of Igbo Ikenga, the masculine drive to work well and live well. While building the canals, they left signatures in the stone blocks of Balcony Falls and on the grave markers of revered brother. Early Igbo American history was documented through their actions and by the marks they left
Additional physical form
Online version of the print edition.
Cataloging source
UMK
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ensor, Rachel Malcolm
Degree
Ph. D.
Dissertation year
2005.
Granting institution
Dept. of Art and Art History and Dept. of History. University of Missouri--Kansas City
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1952-
  • 1942-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Matthews, Donald Henry
  • Dunbar, Burton L.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • 17 Stones Cemetery (Amherst County, Va.)
  • Igbo (African people)
  • Inscriptions
  • Amherst County (Va.)
  • Slaves
  • African Americans
  • Africans
  • Cemeteries
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Registers of births, etc.
Label
Igbo talking signs in antebellum Virginia : religion, ancestors, and the aesthetics of freedom, by Rachel Malcolm-Woods, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "A dissertation in art history and history."
  • Advisors: Donald Matthews and Burton Dunbar
  • Typescript
  • Vita
  • Title from "catalog record" of the print edition
  • Description based on contents viewed June 26, 2006
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 263-283)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The theory of cultural continuities in the African diaspora and the history of Negro artisans in antebellum Virginia -- Igbo culture and religion -- The Igbo journey from the Bight of Biafra to the Blue Ridge Mountains -- Aesthetics of the ancestors hidden in plain view -- 17 Stones Cemetery -- Appendix A. Letters of permission -- Appendix B. 17 Stones Cemetery and grave markers provenance -- Appendix C. Transcribed documents from the Jordon and Irvine papers
Control code
70182650
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
x, 284 leaves
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)70182650
Label
Igbo talking signs in antebellum Virginia : religion, ancestors, and the aesthetics of freedom, by Rachel Malcolm-Woods, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
  • "A dissertation in art history and history."
  • Advisors: Donald Matthews and Burton Dunbar
  • Typescript
  • Vita
  • Title from "catalog record" of the print edition
  • Description based on contents viewed June 26, 2006
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 263-283)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The theory of cultural continuities in the African diaspora and the history of Negro artisans in antebellum Virginia -- Igbo culture and religion -- The Igbo journey from the Bight of Biafra to the Blue Ridge Mountains -- Aesthetics of the ancestors hidden in plain view -- 17 Stones Cemetery -- Appendix A. Letters of permission -- Appendix B. 17 Stones Cemetery and grave markers provenance -- Appendix C. Transcribed documents from the Jordon and Irvine papers
Control code
70182650
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
x, 284 leaves
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)70182650

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