What the forest told me


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Studies of Yoruba culture and performance tend to focus mainly on standardised forms of performance, and ignore the more prevalent performance culture which is central to everyday life. What the Forest Told Me conveys the elastic nature of African cultural expression through narratives of the Yoruba hunters' exploits. Hunters' narratives provide a window on the Yoruba understanding and explanation of their world; a cosmology that negates the anthropocentric view of creation. In a very literal sense, man, in this peculiar world, is an equal actor with animal and nature spirits with whom he constantly contests and negotiates space.



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Published 12 April 2019
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Domînîca Dîpîo,Gender terrains in African cinema, 2014 Ayo Adeduntan,WHat tHe forest told me: Yoruba Hunter, culture and narrative performance,2014 Sule E. Egya,Nation, power and dissidence in tHird-generation Nigerian poetry in EnglisH, 2014 Irîkîdzayî Manase,WHite narratives: he depiction of post-2000 land invasions in Zimbabwe, 2016 Pasca Mungwînî, Indigenous SHona PHilosopHy: Reconstructive insigHts, 2017 Sylvîa Bruînders,Parading Respectability: he Cultural and Moral AestHetics of tHe CHristmas Bands Movement in tHe Western Cape, SoutH Africa, 2017 Mîcael Andîndîlîle,he AnglopHone literary-linguistic continuum: EnglisH and indigenous languages in African literary discourse, 2018 Jeremîa Arowosegbe,Claude E Ake: tHe making of an organic intellectual, 2018 Romanus Abo,Language and tHe construction of multiple identities in tHe Nigerian novel, 2018 Bernard Matolîno,Consensus as Democracy in Africa,2018 Babajîde Ololajulo,UnsHared Identity:PostHumous paternity in a contemporary Yoruba community,2018
...a story that must be told never forgives silence. – Okey Ndibe
What the forest told meYoruba hunter, culture and narrative performance
Ayo Adeduntan
Orîgînally publîsed în 2014 by Unîsa Press, Sout Arîca under ISBN: 978-1-86888-739-2
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List of Plates & Tables
Hunter, Hunting and a Yoruba World
Introduction gbẹAĺgogo: A glimpse into the hunters’ world
Folklore and redeînition of performance Scope and methodology
Art, the Hunter’s World and the Death of Fixity
Introduction The performance art of hunters’ narratives Ìbà (Acknowledgement and appeal) Proverb Oríkì fọ̀incantation Ìj́la,r̀mọje and the hunter’s allergy to îxity Conceptualising narrativity between fact and îction
The Hunter and the Other
Introduction Dualism, African cultural discourse, and the hunter Man the hunter and the supernatural Forest the indeterminate
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