Harn Museum (Gainesville Florida) curator to speak on African healing, divination, Feb 25th.
African Arts of Healing and Divination.
February 20 - June 24, 2007
"This exhibition will include objects from Sub-Saharan Africa drawn from the Harn and private collections. It will explore the multi-sensory qualities of objects and performances in the contexts of healing and divination. The traditional concept of health in Africa is holistic, encompassing body, mind and spirit. In the past and today, many types of specialists may be enlisted to help overcome an affliction, including diviners and healers. The exhibition will look at individual curing techniques and materials that change with the cultural, religious, political and
ecological landscapes. This exhibition will reflect the viability of ancient systems of healing in Africa today, and the integration of traditional practices with biomedicine."