AFRIKAN ALPHABETS THE STORY OF WRITING IN AFRICA PDF

from a library! Afrikan alphabets: the story of writing in Afrika. [Saki Mafundikwa ] African languages — Alphabet — History. Writing — Africa. View all subjects. Both entertaining and anecdotal, Afrikan Alphabets presents a wealth of highly graphical, attractive and inspiring illustrations. Writing systems across the Afrikan . Writing systems across the Afrikan continent are reviewed: the scripts of the West Africans – Mende, Vai, Nsibidi, Bamum and the Somali, and Ethiopian scripts.

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I have learned about so many people and places I had not heard of before! Erik rated it really liked it Jun 04, Karen Davis rated it really liked it Feb 07, Nashira rated it it was amazing Nov 29, Because the book sets the record straight about how colonial powers suppressed the rich cultural and artistic histories of Afrikan alphabets, this title should appeal to individual Contents Roots of Afrikan Alphabets.

Tracy Yarborough marked it as to-read Apr 26, Sadly, most people do not know of Africa s achievements and contributions to history and to humanity.

Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Africa

Shane marked it as to-read Sep 14, As a storyy American person, I did not learn much about anything African in school. As a white teacher of mostly Black kids, I will be using what I learned from this book to make sure my kiddos learn more than I did. Written and designed by a Zimbabwean graphic artist writingg trained and worked in the USA before returning home, this book is just wonderful.

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This colourful, extensively illustrated and informative visual journey will be of interest to everyone rhe inspiration from, or more information about, Afrikan culture and art.

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Written by Saki Mafundikwa, graphic designer and founder of Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts ZIVAthe book documents the rich alphabets and visual symbols of Africa and reveals the continent’s valuable contributions to the history of visual communication.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Other editions – View all Afrikan Alphabets: Maelis Astroc wriging it really alohabets it Oct 30, I do not usually finish nonfiction books unless someone makes me. Ousseynou Diagne rated it really liked it Apr 29, Mafundikwa is a Zimbabwean graphic designer, typographer, design educator, and founder of Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts in Harare, Zimbabwe.

An entertaining and anecdotal text explains the wealth of highly graphical Because the book sets the record straight about how colonial powers suppressed the rich cultural and artistic histories of Afrikan alphabets, this title should appeal to individual readers as well as schools and universities. This was the book begging to be written for just the right scholar. The words ‘civilization’ and ‘writing’, to many, are synonymous with ‘Westernization’. It does have some beautiful illustrations.

Hardcoverpages. Elizabeth Van hodson writkng it as to-read Aug 22, Feb 18, Nathalie rated it really liked it. Lists with This Book.

Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Afrika – Saki Mafundikwa – Google Books

Other alphabets, writing styles, paintings, pictographs, ideographs, and symbols are compared and contrasted. Camille marked it as to-read Feb 21, Peter Wunderlich rated it it was amazing Jun 08, James rated it really liked it Jul 29, They are comparatively little known due largely to their suppression by colonial powers.

Jessica marked it as to-read Aug 10, Roots of Afrikan Alphabets.

No trivia or quizzes yet. An excellent book and one of a kind, literally as there is no other book that I know of that has soo many indigenous African scripts. The Jn of Writing in Africa. Mafundikwa both understands the importance of this book, wants sincerely to see it written and has the roots and wanderlust to take the samples from primary sources.

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Both entertaining and anecdotal, Afrikan Alphabets presents a wealth of highly graphical, attractive and inspiring illustrations. Robyn rated it really liked it Mar 13, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Writing systems pictographs, mnemonic devices, syllabaries and alphabets across the African continent afrikwn the Diaspora are displayed and described.

Afrikan alphabets have a long history, fantastic variety, and some continue to be in current use today.

Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Africa – Saki Mafundikwa – Google Books

This reality is completely at odds with the popular ‘Dark Continent’ theory. No eBook available Amazon. My book is an attempt at telling a small part of it. Writing systems stiry the Afrikan continent are reviewed: Kyalo marked it as to-read Jan 27, Gretchen Mckay marked it as to-read Sep 05, Due to popular demand for the first edition, Mark Batty Publisher proudly announces a reissue of this title in paperback.

Account Options Sign in. The author, Saki Mafundikwa, weaves in the stories of his travels and the stores of the real people, cultures, and languages that these alphabets come eriting.