Prelude: Hairdressing Prologue / Roy Sieber History / Ray Sieber Hair in African art and culture / Niangi Batulukusi Interlude 1: status or identity: spiritual or secular Sculptural modes of representing coiffures / Frank Herreman Interlude 2: Wigs, hats and beards Women's hair and Sowei Masks in Southern Sierra Leone and Western Liberia / William Siegmann Coiffures of the Dan and Wè of Ivory Coast in 1938-39 / Elze Bruyninx Interlude III: Children and dolls A note on hair and mourning, wspecially in Ghana / Roy Sieber Orilonse. The Hermeneutics of the head and hairstyles among the Yoruba / Babatunde Lawal Hairstyles among the Margi / James H. Vaughan Mangbetu hairstyles and the art of seduction: "Lipombo" / Els de Palmanaer Interlude IV: Tools and ornaments Hair matters in South Central Africa / Manuel Jordan Cross dressing for the Spirits in Shamba Ughanga / Barbara Thompson A note on gender reversal / Roy Sieber Headrests and hair ornaments: signifying more than status / Karel Nel Interlude V: Neck rests Rasta hair, US and Ghana: a personal note / Mariama Ross Interlude VI: Contemporary Africa What is really happening here? Black hair among African Americans and in American culture / Kennel Jackson.
"Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title organized and presented by the Museum for African Art, New York, from 9 February to 28 May 2000 [and traveling to other locations]"--T.p. verso. Includes bibliographical references (p. 186-189).