Grass roots : African origins of an American art / Dale Rosengarten, Theodore Rosengarten, Enid Schildkrout ; with contributions by Judith A. Carney ... [et al.].
Author: Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-
Publisher: New York : Seattle, WA : Museum for African Art ; Distributed by University of Washington Press, c2008.
Description: 269 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 29 cm.
Subject: Basket making United States Exhibitions.
Basketwork United States Exhibitions.
Grasswork United States Exhibitions.
African American art Exhibitions.
Art, African Influence Exhibitions.
Notes: "Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title organized by the Museum of African Art, New York, in cooperation with Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston and the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina"--T.p. verso.
Contents: Foreword / Elsie McCabe -- Acknowledgments / Dale Rosengarten and Enid Schildkrout -- Contributors -- Introduction / Theodore Rosengarten -- African origins: ancestors and analogues / Enid Schildkrout and Dale Rosengarten -- They understand their business well: West Africans in early South Carolina / Peter H. Wood -- Rice in the New World / Judith A. Carney -- By the rivers of Babylon: the Lowcountry basket in slavery and freedom / Dale Rosengarten -- Carolina's gold: three hundred years of rice and recipes in lowcountry kitchens / Jessica B. Harris -- Missions and markets: Sea Island basketry and the sweetgrass revolution / Dale Rosengarten -- Necessity and invention: the art of coiled basketry in Southern Africa / Sandra Klopper -- Documentary images and devotional acts: plantation painting as propaganda / John Michael Vlach -- The paradox of preservation: Gullah language, culture and imagery / Fath Davis Ruffins -- Islands are not isolated: reconsidering the roots of Gullah distinctiveness / J. Lorand Matory.