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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Natalie marked it as to-read Jun 14, I do not usually finish nonfiction books unless someone makes me. Return to Book Page.

Joana rated it it was amazing Aug 29, This colourful, extensively illustrated and informative visual journey will be of interest to everyone seeking inspiration from, or more information about, Afrikan culture and art. I devoured it in a day! Their power was threatened by his achievements.

Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Africa

Lizzy marked it as to-read Oct 07, They are comparatively little known due largely to their suppression by colonial powers. Hope Masiya marked it as to-read Apr 26, Thanks for telling us about the problem. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Few people realize that African societies were writing before the arrival of Europeans, in fact at the time Europeans ‘discovered’ the Vai script of Liberia in the early 19th century, literacy was more widespread among the Vai people than in certain parts of America and Britain.

Stephen Simpson rated it it was ok Feb 04, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Yoh Kouma marked it as to-read Apr 09, Stephani rated it really liked it Oct 02, Other alphabets, writing styles, paintings, pictographs, ideographs, and symbols are compared and contrasted.

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I use it almost everyday -it’s a reference, a bible small b a psychiatric jot down of African souls and now I understand why folks spell the continent with a “k” from time to time. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Mafundikwa is a Zimbabwean graphic designer, typographer, design educator, and founder of Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts in Harare, Zimbabwe. Written and designed by a Zimbabwean graphic artist who trained and worked in the USA before returning home, this book is just wonderful.

Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Africa by Saki Mafundikwa

Shinynickel marked it as to-read Mar 10, 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. Their story is little known, however, due largely atrikan their suppression by colonial powers.

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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 from.

I wanted to learn more about it, so I had my local library order this from a university for me. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. All the writing systems are put into the context of their use as a means to impart and record information and to communicate complex ideas.

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No eBook available Amazon. The author is a graphic artist, not a linguist or historian, and what he’s put together is not a “story” so much as a scrapbook of curious information, much of it without any context or interpretation.

Saki Mafundikwa is a graphic designer, typographer and design educator. References to this book Design Studies: 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 Cynthia marked it as to-read Aug 09, James rated it really liked it Jul 29, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Because the book sets the record straight about how colonial powers suppressed the rich cultural and artistic writkng of Afrikan alphabets, this title should appeal to individual readers as well as schools and universities.

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The French soldiers threw Bamum sacred objects into the street. To ask other readers questions about Afrikan Alphabetsplease sign up. Robyn rated it really liked it Mar 13,