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Title:The place of indigenous technology in present-day Africa
Author:Onwuejeogwu, M. AnguluISNI
Periodical:West African Journal of Archaeology
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:African studies
indigenous technology
Abstract:During the 1970s, it became doubtful whether the various African institutes which dealt directly with the problems of Africa and which were established in the 1960s really understood the task placed on their shoulders as custodians of African knowledge. This paper argues that institutions devoted to African Studies, departments of sociology and anthropology, archaeology, history, education, drama and theatre arts, fine arts, languages, and the natural and medical sciences should rededicate themselves and pursue vigorously the process of cultural synthesis and hybridization of the host (i.e. African) culture and the guest (i.e. Western and Eastern) cultures. It discusses the nature of human knowledge (particularistic and universalistic); industrialization (domestic and techno-scientific) and human society; the problem of cultural hybridization; processes of synthesis and hybridization; structure and function of African Studies centres; and the importance of some indigenous technologies that are dying (drug technology, glass and bead industry, red mud technology, and beer brewing). Notes, ref.