When Drewal was invited to write a praise piece for Robert Farris Thompson for this issue celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of African Arts, he soon realized it was beyond his body-mind-heart, because Bob himself is larger than life, a person who has touched and inspired so many folks in so many walks of life and thought. So Drewal contacted his dear friend and colleague C. Daniel Dawson, who may know Bob better than anyone, as well as Bob's immense circle of admirers. Drewal proposed that they solicit a variety of perspectives from the worldwide Master T “posse” and create a “posse praise poem” in his honor. We had only a short time to pull this together so we both reached out to friends far and wide, gave them four weeks to compose and send their thoughts and feelings in any way they chose. Some have written odes, others have...
Oriki for Robert Farris Thompson
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Henry John Drewal, C. Daniel Dawson, Susan Mullin Vogel, Brooke Davis Anderson, Rowland Abiodun, Donald Cosentino, Perkins Foss, Neil Clarke, Zeca Ligiéro, Lowery Stokes Sims, Leslie King Hammond, John Santos, David T. Doris, John Mason; Oriki for Robert Farris Thompson. African Arts 2017; 50 (3): 62–81. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/AFAR_a_00358
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