10 November 2020

Documenting Knowledge, Skills, and Practices of Dry-Stone Masonry at Great Zimbabwe

This project seeks to document the knowledge, skills and practices of traditional dry-stone masonry at Great Zimbabwe, southern Zimbabwe. Once […]

10 November 2020

Documenting Endangered Foodway Heritage of the Baobab Tree Among the Mijikenda of Coastal Kenya

The baobab tree is surrounded by a rich foodway culture among the Mijikenda of coastal Kenya. The leaves are a […]

10 November 2020

The Impact of War and the Survival of Tradition: Documenting Zande Slit-Drums (Gugu) in South Sudan

This project will document the production, uses and cultural significance of the Zande ‘gugu‘ (slit drum or gong) in South […]

10 November 2020

The Earthen and Organic Materials Technologies of Banda, Ghana

Until recent decades, daily life in Banda, Ghana was configured through earthen and organic technologies ranging from woven mats on […]

10 November 2020

Feminine Textile Knowledge in Souss-Massa, Southern Morocco

This project aims to document textile production and use in Souss-Massa, southern Morocco, where women have long produced textiles for both […]

10 November 2020

Making Things from Animals: Leather Technologies of the Kalahari

Until the nineteenth century, nearly all forms of clothing used across the Kalahari were derived from animals. Precolonial trade in […]

10 November 2020

Burden Camels in Somaliland: Disappearing Skilled Practices and Material Heritage

In Somaliland, the camel is the iconic animal. It is bred and kept as economic capital, used for social transactions, […]

10 November 2020

Traditional Pottery-Making: An Endangered Indigenous Technology in the Gimbi Region of Ethiopia

This project sets out to document the chaîne opératoire of Oromo pottery spanning from the learning network to the production […]

10 November 2020

Last of the Bemba Bark Cloth Makers, Zambia

Bark fibre was, until the early 20th century, the traditional material for making clothing and containers among communities in northern […]

10 November 2020

The Documentation of the Manufacture of Ostrich Eggshell Beads Among the El Molo Community, Kenya

This project will use video clips, audio files, photographs, and field notes to document the manufacture, use of ostrich eggshell […]

15 October 2019

From Seeds to Rags: Textile Production in Dendi and Borgou (North Benin)

The project aims primarily at documenting cotton cloth production in North Benin, from cotton growing activities to thread production (ginning, […]

15 October 2019

Documenting the Endangered Traditional Broom and Fibre Rope Crafts of the Urhobo People of Nigeria

The traditional natural broom and fibre rope crafts of the Urhobo people of Nigeria are highly endangered by the introduction […]

15 October 2019

Ethnic minorities and threatened materialities in Western Ethiopia

The borderland between Sudan and Ethiopia has historically been a refuge to an extraordinary diversity of indigenous groups that still […]

15 October 2019

Histories of Honey: Material Practices of Beekeeping in the Cherangani Hills, Kenya

This project aims to document the dwindling practice of beekeeping amongst the Sengwer communities living in the Embobut Forest, western […]

15 October 2019

Research and Digitization of Indigenous Gold Forging in Ghana

We will study, document and digitize over a period of one year, from September 1, 2019 to August 21, 2020, […]

15 October 2019

West African wild silks techniques: Preserving Marka-Dafing’s heritage of knowledge

For centuries, Indigenous wild silks have been traded across West Africa and used in Marka-Dafing’s textiles production in the Mouhoun […]

1 October 2019

Digitization of glass bead-making, use and meaning in Ile-Ife, Southwestern Nigeria

This project aims to digitize the glass bead making process in Ile-Ife, Southwest Nigeria, in order to produce a digital […]

27 September 2019

Apprehending asapan: documenting the Turkana initiation ceremony

Asapan, the initiation ceremony of the pastoral-nomadic Turkana of northern Kenya, is a ceremony that draws together an extraordinary array […]