Ile de Goree Local Customs

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    Moustapha Dime

    by brendareed Written Nov 2, 2014

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    We learned about Moustapha Dime from our impromptu tour guide of the artist colony of Goree Island. We were shown his home, which was in a former lookout tower on the fortress left from colonial days. It was here that Dime created some of the African art he became internationally famous for. Dime, an award winning sculptor who died in 1998 at the age of 46 in 1998, worked with all kinds of media depending on what he had available to him. Basing his art on traditional African art, Dime used wood, iron, string, sand, rusty nails, and whatever else he collected from near his home on Goree Island.

    Our tour guide spoke reverently of the sculptor who tended to be a loner on the island. We were shown his home from a distance and then a memorial to the man who inspired many of the artists on Goree Island. Indeed, many of the displays we saw for sale were interesting one-of-a-kind pieces made from all kinds of scrap materials and recycled goods.

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    Throw money and they'll get it!!!

    by africateach Written Mar 18, 2005

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    I wouldn't say that this is something that I approve of exactly, but on this continent... I can understand! These boys/men are swimming around the bay when you arrive. They will be shouting for you to throw money at them! When you do, they dive down like there is no tomorrow!!! They will get it too!

    I think it is dangerous because of the propellers, but at least they are keeping cool!

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