06. Africa, Art & Humanities

AP Crossover: Yaa Asantewaa’s War & the Golden Stool

AP Crossover: Yaa Asantewaa’s War & the Golden Stool

*Note: all the wording below comes from the Fall 2020 AP World History Course and Exam Description & Fall 2019 AP Art History Course and Exam Description provided by College Board.

AP World History

TOPIC 6.3: Indigenous Responses to State Expansion from 1750 to 1900

Learning Objective: Explain how and why internal and external factors have influenced the process of state building from 1750 to 1900.

  • Key Concept-5.3.III.D: Increasing questions about political authority and growing nationalism contributed to anticolonial movements.
    Key Concept-5.2.II.C: Anti-imperial resistance took various forms, including direct resistance within empires and the creation of new states on the peripheries.

    • Illustrative Example: Yaa Asantewaa War in West Africa

AP Art History

TOPIC 6.1: Cultural Contexts of African Art

Enduring Understanding: Cultural practices, belief systems, and physical setting constitute an important part of art and art making and are often communicated in various stylistic conventions and forms. Such cultural considerations may affect artistic decisions that include, but are not limited to, siting, subject matter, and modes of display, and may help to shape the creation of art in a given setting or within a given culture.

  • Learning Objective:  Explain how cultural practices, belief systems, and/or physical setting affect art and art making.
    • Essential Knowledge: Art reveals belief systems; it presents a world that is known but not necessarily seen, predictable, or even available to everyone. These arts are expressive rather than representational and often require specialized or supernaturally ordained capabilities for their creation, use, and interpretation. African art is concerned with ideas (beliefs and relationships that exist in the social and intellectual world) rather than with objects of the natural or physical world.
    • Essential Knowledge: As in all arts, aspects of human experience (such as origins, destinies, beliefs, physicality, power, and gender) are expressed through objects and performances. Artistic expression in Africa is an integral part of social life, connecting daily practices to beliefs, systems of power and authority, and social networks that link people to their families, communities, and shared ancestors. African arts mark status, identity, and cycles of human experience (e.g., maturational, seasonal, astronomical, and liturgical).
      • Suggested Work: #170. Sika dwa kofi (Golden Stool). Ashanti peoples (south central Ghana). c. 1700 ce. Gold over wood and cast-gold attachments

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