Languages and Rock Paintings in Northeastern Nigeria
Edited by: Wilhelm Seidensticker †, Michael Broß, Ahmad Tela Baba. With a preface by: Norbert Cyffer. With an introduction by: Wilhelm Seidensticker †, Ahmad Tela Baba, Michael Bross. With contributions by: Ahmad Tela Baba, Michael Broß, Yusuf Mtaku, Hajara Njidda, Wilhelm Seidensticker †. Series edited by: Herrmann Jungraithmayr, Norbert Cyffer.
Series: Westafrikanische Studien Volume 161997
6 maps, 73 illustrations
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
The present volume has been dedicated to the memory of Wilhelm Seidensticker (1938–1996). It contains five contributions by Nigerian and German scientists on the history of language and culture of the Guddiri region in Northeastern Nigeria. Being situated between the powerful Hausa city states westwards and the kingdom of Borno eastwards, the Guddiri region functions as a sort of buffer zone and has been exposed to frequent changes in prevailing economical and social circumstances during the last centuries.
The linguistic and cultural changes are examined on the basis of three different kinds of sources: Firstly, linguistic sources are taken into account, among them ancient word lists which have been discovered only recently. Another source material is oral traditions which were recorded by civil servants of the colonies at the beginning of the century. And finally, the well-known rock paintings found in the regions of Bauchi, Birnin Kudu, Shira and Uba in Northeastern Nigeria serve as the third kind of source material for this study.
In Memoriam Wilhelm Seidensticker (1938–1996)
Ahmad Tela Baba:
Lexicographical Approach to the History of Language Movement in the Guddiri Hausa Speaking Area
Some Remarks on the History of the Extinct Languages Auyo, Shira and Teshena
The Rock Paintings and Rock Gongs of Shira
TA GHENCIDU – Study of Marghi Rock Paintings
Christopher Yusuf Mtaku:
The Rock Paintings of Birnin Kudu, Geji, and Bauchi
Concluding, it can be stated that the book indicates the lack of written sources does not prevent reliable reconstructions, whether of linguistic or other types. “Guddiri Studies” is a painstaking study of this kind, containing thorough analysis, oral tradition supports linguistc data, the latter make historical facts manifested in rock paintings credible.
Nina Pawlak in Afrika und Übersee, 81/1998, pp. 312-314
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