Puppets from West Africa: Mali, Nigeria, Guinea

June 6, 1980 – September 21, 1980

National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, 318 A St., NE Floor Plan

Included in the 27 puppets on view is Mali's answer to "Big Bird"—Kono Don, a 5-1/2-ft. costumed figure—as well as green-haired maidens with movable torsos and arms; horse and rider puppets; and elaborately decorated antelope-head puppets. Representing Nigerian traditions are 8 brightly painted human figure puppets with articulated jaws, necks, and arms.