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Wesam Berjaoui April 01 2000 Professor Gloster-Coates History 132 CRN 24386 Museum Project The first museum I went to was my favorite I went to the Museum for African Art displaying the Hair exhibit The name of the exhibit sounded very uninteresting but I was proven wrong The first thing that I learned from this exhibit is that in Africa the way your hair is done represents your position in society Your hair was probably one of the most important if not thee most important thing to an African person A person was distinguished into which clan or group he or she was in by his or her hair style If you were a very wealthy person your hair was extremely well done to make you stand out be respected and to show that you were from a high class Leadership was usually associated with wealth Also if a females hair was messy that showed that she was a prostitute The way a child hair was showed how old he or she is For a baby child the hair was mostly compacted near the fontanel part of the brain to protect the baby since that is the most sensitive part of the babys brain Other signs that distinguished an African from another African was his facial scars Facial scars doesnt mean he was sliced with a knife and was physically scared Facial scars was done by wearing masks They had three types of masks helmet paint and face mask Some clans that used these types of masks were used by the Igala people in Nigeria and the Ngangala people in Angola One of my favorite exhibitions was the showing of the children doll by the Ashanti people The Ashanti people gave their children dolls They didnt give their children the dolls to play with They gave it to them so that they
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