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Sierra Leone Culture

Aginsky, Ethel Gertrude. A Grammar of the Mende Language Language dissertations. New York: Kraus, 1966. Folio PL8511 .A7 1966z

Akar, John Joseph. High We Exalt Thee, Realm of the Free. The Complete National Anthems of the World. Vol. 7. Cond. Peter Breiner. Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. Naxos Music Library. Otterbein University Lib., Westerville. 7 Aug. 2008.
John Joseph Akar (1927-1975) composed the music to the national anthem and graduated from Otterbein in 1951.

Boone, Sylvia Ardyn. Radiance from the Waters: Ideals of Feminine Beauty in Mende Art. New Haven: Yale UP, 1986. NX589.6.S5 B66 1986 c.2

Harris, William Thomas, and Harry Sawyerr. The Springs of Mende Belief and Conduct, a Discussion of the Influence of the Belief in the Supernatural among the Mende. Freetown, SL: Sierra Leone UP, 1968. BL2480.M4 H3

Hinckley, Priscilla. The Sowo Mask, Symbol of Sisterhood. Brookline, MA: African Studies Center, Boston University, 1980. FOLIO GN419.5 .H5

Hommel, William L. Art of the Mende. Catalogue. University Park: University of Maryland Art Gallery, 1974. 7399.S5 H64

Innes, Gordon. A Mende-English Dictionary. London: Cambridge U.P., 1969. PL8511.Z5 I5

Koso-Thomas, Olayinka. Circumcision of Women: A Strategy for Eradication. London: Zed, 1987. GN484 .K67 1987 c.2

Music of the Mende of Sierra Leone. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings: Folkways Records, 1999. M1838.S5318 M8 1999.

Music of the Mende of Sierra Leone. 1965.LP. Folkways Records. 1965.
Archives M1838.S5318 M8 1965
The selections in this collection were taken from tape recordings made in the Bo, Moyamba, Kenema, and Kailahun Districts and from recordings made available by Mr. John Akar, Director of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service, and graduate of the class of 1951.

Palm Wine a Go-Go. Far Side Music, 2003. M1838.S5318 T4 2003 [CD]

Phillips, Ruth Bliss. Representing Woman: Sande Masquerades of the Mende of Sierra Leone. Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 1995. DT516.45.M45 P47 1995 c.2

Reeck, Darrell. Deep Mende: Religious Interactions in a Changing African Rural Society Studies on Religion in Africa. Leiden: Brill, 1976. BL2480.M4 R44

Sierra Leone's Refugee all Stars. Dir. ZachNiles and Banker White. New York: Docurama, 2007. M1630.18 .S54
Uplifting and courageous, this dramatic seven-time award-winning film tracks the journey of a group of six musicians who formed a band after being displaced from their home during a brutal decade long civil war. (DVD 80 min.)

Temne of Banda Wharf. EarthCds Partners, 2007. M1838.S5318 T43 2007
Recorded in Banda Wharf, Kaffu Bullom chiefdom, Sierra Leone on May 4, 2006. Music of Sierra Leone series, vol. 1 [CD].