Date: Fri, 26 Jan 1996 13:12:34 -0800 (PST)
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Subject: Request: Female Griots
A dialog on nuafrica list, January 1996
Can anyone help me with some references to work on female griot, the subjects of their narratives, performance culture, or texts (written and translated into English)?
There are some passages on female griottes (jelimusow) in Status and Identity in W. Africa, ed. by D Conrad and B Frank. There is also a recent article (past 2-3 years) specifically on griottes that I will try to search out -- it sat on my desk for months and is around here somewhere.
See the article by Tom Hale in Research in African Literature last year, or ema il him directly TAH@psu.edu; he's working on a book on griots/griottes and like s to share. You might also look at Christiane Seydou's Contes et Fables des Vieillees (Paris, Nubia, 1976)...Sorry, that's not in English.
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Last semester I read an article by Thomas Hale, "Griottes: Female Voices from West Africa". You can find it in the journal Research in African Literatures, Vol. 25, No.1 fall 1994. It has a really nice bibliography including a second article, "Griottes of the Sahel: Female Keepers of the Songhay Oral Traditions in Niger"
I'm interested in female Griottes as well... What area are you interested in? Barbara Hoffman wrote a dissertation in 1990 called _The Power of Speech: Language and Social Status among Mande Griots and Nobles_ Thomas Hale at Penn State University, as well as a colleague from London works on Griots/jeliw. Hale wrote an article recently... I have to dig it up... A dissertation in 1973 on Speech and Status in a Wolof Community also talks about griots. It was written by Judith T. Irvine. It is titled _Caste and Communciation in a Wolof Village_
Hope this helps!
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There is a short video called "Female griots of the Sahel" that you may want to look at. I th ink that INdiana might distribute it, but your media center should be tble to track it down for you.
Yours, Dennis Cordell
Somebody mentioned an article in Research in African Languages. Since I have the issue sitting on my desk I thought I would post the reference for those interested in female griottes.
Thomas A. Hale. 1994. Griottes: Female Voices from West Africa. Research in African Languages 25(Fall) 71-92.
In fact the whole issue is devoted to women as oral artists. Good luck I hope this helps and is not redundant.
Yes, Paulla Ebron (now at Stanford, Anthro.--but on leave for the academic year) wrote a dissertation called "Negotiating the Meaning of Africa: Mandinka Praisesingers in Transnational Contexts" (1993).
She writes about both men and women "jali" praisesingers, their performances, and their lives. The first line of the abstract reads: "The focus of this dissertation is on the performances and activities of praisesingers and the ways in which these activities act as powerful texts of culture and politics in The Gambia and the West"....
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 15:22:27 -0500 (EST)
From: Stephan Miescher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To pick up Karen T. Hansen's suggestion, you can find an good article by Mamadou Diawara on the oral historical traditions of female 'slaves' in the kingdom of Jaara, Mali, in DISCOURSES AND ITS DISGUISES, edited by K. Barber & P.F. de Moraes Farias (Univ. of Birmingham, 1989).
Hi, just to throw another piece of information in here. Judy Irvine is in the Brandeis University anthropology department, if any of you with 'griotte' interests want to get in touch with her. The last email address I have from her is:
And what about Paula Ebron? Has she done any work on these female performers?
Misty L. Bastian