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About African Voices

"People like words are enduring." Jomo Kenyatta, First President of Kenya, 1966
Africa's history and peoples have profoundly influenced global culture and thought --and continue to do so today. America's own past and present are strongly linked to Africa
In this web site explore objects that attest to Africa's striking diversity and long history. Listen as Africans Talk about their lives and cultures. Discover your connections to Africa

African Voices is a permanent exhibition that examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa’s peoples and cultures over time in the realms of family, work, community, and the natural environment.Included are historical and contemporary objects from the Museum’s collections, as well as commissioned sculptures,textiles, and pottery. Video and sound stations provide selections from contemporary interviews, literature, proverbs, prayers, folk tales, songs, and oral epics.

Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of
Natural History
10th Street and
Constitution Ave. NW
Washington DC 20560

Museum hours
Daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Closed Dec. 25.

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