Category Archives: Dark Continent

Renoir, French Colonialism, and Surrealist Paris in Black and White (1927)

  A short film directed by Renoir in the late twenties, right after he had discovered jazz, Sur un air de Charleston is a little masterpiece, albeit unknown, of the silent movie period.   In 2028 Paris, a mysterious African explorer lands … Continue reading

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Inventing Ethnicity; Imagining Agriculture: The ‘Tribes’ of Ham and the ‘Primitive’ Crops of Africa

Also see: Race from a local perspective: 19th and 14th Centuries                    Ethnic Psudo-histories of Central Africa – Tribes of Ham Again 2 Updating blog. One of the most bedevilling aspects of colonial and post-colonial African history and development that continues … Continue reading

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Teeth-filing as a Mark of Beauty and Belonging in 19th Century Africa

This blog follows on Gambler’s House interesting Blog about Filed Teeth at Cahokia : One of the distinctive characteristics of Cahokia and its area of strong influence is the prevalence of filed teeth in many human burials. Filing of teeth as … Continue reading

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The French in Egypt and the Belgians in the Congo

When, in 1971, the government of the Belgian Congo changed its name to ‘Zaire’, the government also put in place the official policy of Autenticité – which promoted abandoning Belgian cuisine for local dishes.  Adoption of African apparel was also … Continue reading

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French Passport for Immigrating Africans – How to ‘get around’ Slavery Laws – 1860s

Slavery was outlawed by England in 1834, and France in 1848.  The Emancipation proclamation in the U.S. was signed into law in 1865. However, in order to procure raw manpower needed by plantations in the West Indies , French interest … Continue reading

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Colonial Cuisine in Africa and What Followed

What stands out clearly in the above photo is the effort [to greater or lesser degrees unconscious] by colonials to distance themselves from their colonized subjects while also projecting a vision of improvement – of bringing ‘civilization’ to the ‘Dark … Continue reading

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Cuisines and Crops of Africa – Imagining Cannibalism in the 19th Century and Now

It is a curious feature of cannibalism in Africa, that it is always practiced by another group – a group that is ‘just over the hill’ – and in that place.  There, it is said, one finds such a practice.  … Continue reading

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