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Ottenberg, Simon

Overview
Works: 181 works in 364 publications in 1 language and 5,939 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings  History  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: GN645, 572.96
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Most widely held works by Simon Ottenberg
Cultures and societies of Africa by Simon Ottenberg( Book )

38 editions published between 1960 and 1969 in English and held by 1,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a collection of some of the most important anthropological writings on Africa. It provides the background knowledge of traditional African cultures without which there can be no understanding of what is happening on the continent today
Masked rituals of Afikpo, the context of an African art by Simon Ottenberg( Book )

13 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leadership and authority in an African society; the Afikpo village-group by Simon Ottenberg( Book )

15 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Double descent in an African society; the Afikpo village-group by Simon Ottenberg( Book )

16 editions published between 1968 and 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boyhood rituals in an African society : an interpretation by Simon Ottenberg( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New traditions from Nigeria : seven artists of the Nsukka group by Simon Ottenberg( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since gaining independence in 1960, Nigeria has suffered a brutal civil war, an oil boom, and economic breakdown. In response to their country's political and social decline, contemporary artists associated with the University of Nigeria at Nsukka have turned to the traditions of the southeastern Igbo culture, especially to the lyrical, curvilinear design system called uli that women have used to decorate their bodies, the walls of homes, and shrines. Employing media such as drawing, painting, and printmaking, Nsukka artists - most of whom are men - have dynamically combined uli motifs, colors, and use of space to reinterpret the past and comment on the present
Seeing with music : the lives of 3 blind African musicians by Simon Ottenberg( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the course of his ongoing study of the aesthetic world of the Limba of Sierra Leone, anthropologist Simon Ottenberg met three men from Wara Wara Bafodea chiefdom who played an instrument called the kututeng, known elsewhere in Africa as the mbira and sometimes in the West as the thumb piano. Each of the three was blind, poor, unmarried, and childless in a society where children bring status and where musicianship is not a standard role for the blind. Each man's life experiences had influenced the way he performed Kututeng, a traditional but changing form of music." "In this book, Ottenberg approaches Limba Kututeng music through the lives of these three musicians - Sayo Kamara, Muctaru Mansaray, and Marehu Mansaray. He looks at their different styles of performance, the social settings in which they play, the meanings of their song texts, and the relationships between their musical form and other Limba arts." "Kututeng music is not an ancient tradition in Limba country, or in Sierra Leone in general, but dates to the early twentieth century. In recent years it has begun to change in response to the popularity of other musical forms in Sierra Leone. Ottenberg shows effectively how these three men have helped reformulate the nature of Kututeng in the capital town of the chiefdom, giving it a new vitality that is consistent with the aesthetic values of the Limba world."--Jacket
The Nsukka artists and Nigerian contemporary art by Nsukka Group and the State of Nigerian Contemporary Art( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Playful performers : African children's masquerades( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Playful Performers is a study of children's masquerades in Africa. The contributors describe specific cases of young children's masking in the areas of west, central, and southern Africa, which also happen to be the major areas of adult masquerading. The volume reveals the considerable creativity and ingenuity that children exhibit in preparing costumes, masks and musical instruments, and in playing music, dancing, singing, and acting. The book includes over 50 pages of black and white photographs, which illustrate and elaborate upon the authors' main points." "No other major work has covered this aspect of African children at this age level. The book offers a challenging perspective on young children, seeing them as active agents in their own culture rather than passive recipients of culture as taught by parents and other elders. It will be interesting reading for anthropologists, art historians, educators, and African studies specialists alike."--Jacket
Farmers and townspeople in a changing Nigeria : Abakaliki during colonial times (1905-1960) by Simon Ottenberg( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume is a historical and an anthropological account of the old Abakaliki Division in the present Ebonyi State of Nigeria, from pre-British times to colonial contact in 1905 up to Nigerian independence in 1960. It describes the resistance to British conquest, the reluctant adjustments to colonial rule, the growth of the trade in yams and cattle, and later in rice, and the evolution of education and African government and leadership after World War II. Particular attention is given to Abakaliki town as the administrative and economic centre of the division, and to the influx of Igbos from other areas to settle and trade there."
African religious groups and beliefs : papers in honor of William R. Bascom by Simon Ottenberg( Book )

10 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Igbo art and culture, and other essays by Simon Ottenberg( Book )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Igbo : FF26( )

in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Igbo are located on both sides of the River Niger and occupy most of southeastern Nigeria. Igbo languages are part of the Kwa subgroup of the Niger-Congo language family. Igbo-speaking peoples can be divided into five geographically based subcultures: Northern Igbo, Southern Igbo, Western Igbo, Eastern Igbo, and Northeastern Igbo. This collection on the Igbo contains 37 documents and covers 900 A.D. to 1996
Igbo religion, social life, and other essays by Simon Ottenberg( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Olayinka : a woman's view : the life of an African modern artist by Simon Ottenberg( Book )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Miranda Olayinka Burney-Nicol, who signed her work Olayinka, was a pioneer in modern African art. She belonged to the first generation of African artists who did not follow indigenous art practices, but drew on a variety of European media while experimenting with them, yet her images were generally drawn from Africa. This publication contains numerous photographs of Olayinka's art and is based on archival and published materials, personal interviews, and correspondence in the United States, England, and Sierre Leone. "
Anthropology and African aesthetics by Simon Ottenberg( Book )

4 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Africa and the United States : images and realities : background book, 8th National Conference, United States National Commission for UNESCO, Boston, October 22-26, 1961 by Simon Ottenberg( Book )

2 editions published in 1961 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The system of authority of the Afikpo Ibo of southeastern Nigeria by Simon Ottenberg( )

3 editions published between 1957 and 1974 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Igbo FF26( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Igbo are located on both sides of the River Niger and occupy most of southeastern Nigeria. Igbo languages are part of the Kwa subgroup of the Niger-Congo language family. Igbo-speaking peoples can be divided into five geographically based subcultures: Northern Igbo, Southern Igbo, Western Igbo, Eastern Igbo, and Northeastern Igbo. This collection on the Igbo contains 37 documents and covers 900 A.D. to 1996
Colonialism and the individual : a Nigerian life history by Simon Ottenberg( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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New traditions from Nigeria : seven artists of the Nsukka group
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Seeing with music : the lives of 3 blind African musiciansThe Nsukka artists and Nigerian contemporary artPlayful performers : African children's masqueradesFarmers and townspeople in a changing Nigeria : Abakaliki during colonial times (1905-1960)Igbo art and culture, and other essaysIgbo religion, social life, and other essays