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Related Museum: Smithsonian’s Museum of African Art

Discovering Rastafari

African Voices examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa's peoples and cultures over time through 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 interactives and sound stations provide selections from contemporary interviews, literature, proverbs, prayers, folk tales, songs, and oral epics.


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For the Classroom

Department of Anthropology Collections

Middle and high school students and their teachers can search the online collections of the NMNH Department of Anthropology, including African objects. For photos of artifacts and objects, use the advanced search option to narrow your search to entries with pictures.

African Voices Exhibition Home

The exhibition homepage is an excellent source for learning about African history and culture. It also includes a learning center, with links to additional online resources.

Dread History: the African Diaspora, Ethiopianism, and Rastafari

This online exhibition provides unique insight and information on the origins and development of Rastafari culture, including an extensive collection of photos.


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