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This issue of “African Arts”, together with the next, to be published in July, is a tribute to Arnold Rubin. All of us who have contributed to these two volumes recall the various kinds of relationships we shared with Arnold--as his students, cohorts, teachers, colleagues, and friends--relationships that shifted and converged at different stages of our lives and careers. So, too, can many other readers of this journal remember their own interactions and associations with him. These articles are a collective gesture of thanks and appreciation to a man who significantly affected the course and history of African art scholarship. Those individuals whose words and ideas fill these pages either were students with Arnold at Indiana University or were his students and close colleagues at UCLA. We, the editors of these memorial issues, were a part of those two seminal stages of Arnold's career, and with him constitute a special intergenerational continuum based on our shared interests in the arts and peoples of northern Nigeria. Arnold followed Roy's footsteps to the Middle Benue, just as Marla followed Arnold's to the Upper Benue. Each of us learned from Arnold, and he from us, so that our respective relationships with him, both professional and personal, were given a particular depth and resonance. These mentoring ties have become all the more poignant as we bring to fruition Arnold's final research and writing on the arts of the Benue Valley.

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