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From an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in 2002, including toys from Nigeria, Mali and Senegal made from various objects that were once used, discarded, found, and recycled into toys.
Children have always been fascinated with miniature versions of real things--doll houses, action figures, and especially vehicles such as matchbox cars and dump trucks. Where toys and games are not easily available to children, they are made from whatever materials are readily accessible. Stones and pebbles are used in counting games, wood is carved to make spinning tops. In today's global climate where consumer icons of the West have spread throughout the world, objects are transformed, renewed, and recycled into something completely different, such as a toy airplane or a toy truck.
African Arts, Spring 2005, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p84-85, 2p, 1bw;
Reviews the art exhibition "Playful Performers," on view at the National Museum of African Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. from April 9 to December 12, 2004.
Berlin: Reimer, 1970. Description: vii, 207 p. illus. 24 cm. Baessler-Archiv ; Beiträge zur Völkerkunde. N. F., Beiheft; 6; Summary in English. Bibliography: p. 159-171.
Africa on the move : toys from West Africa = Une Afrique en mouvement : jouets de l'Afrique de l'Ouest = Afrika bewegt sich : Spielzeug aus Westafrika
Call Number: ARCHITECTURE/FINE ARTS LIBRARY General Collection -- NK9509.65.A3545A375 2004
Plonk & Replonk, Collection; Pierre Pfiffner, photos; with contributions by Stefan Eisenhofer, Karin Guggeis, Jacques Froidevaux.
Published: Stuttgart : Arnoldsche, 2004. Description: 216 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 20 x 22 cm.
Galimoto by Williams, Karen Lynn
Call Number: MEAD LIBRARY General Collection -- EWil
Illustrated by Catherine Stock. Published: New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1990. Description: 32 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm. Summary: Walking through his village, a young African boy finds the materials to make a special toy.
Jeux et jouets de l'Ouest africain (Mémoires de l'Institut français d'Afrique noire, no 42). by Béart, Charles