Episode 56 of Africa Past and Present — the podcast about African history, culture, and politics — is now available at: http://afripod.aodl.org
In this episode, Dr. Gary Morgan, Director of the Michigan State University Museum, speaks on African masks and the Great Dance (Gule Wamkulu) in Chewa society, Malawi. He discusses the origins and characters of Gule Wamkulu, and gender, political, educational and health aspects of masks and their future in a globalizing world. This episode accompanies the 2011-12 MSU exhibition ‘Mask: Secrets and Revelations’ and the first major book on Gule Wamkulu with Claude Boucher of KuNgoni Centre of Culture and Art, Mua, Malawi.
Africa Past and Present is hosted by Michigan State University historians Peter Alegi and Peter Limb and produced by Matrix — the Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online (http://matrix.msu.edu). Subscribe to the podcast on our website and on iTunes.