The shirts of the Donso hunters: Materiality and power between concealment and visual display

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This article looks at the characteristic shirts of the donso, or initiated Mande hunters. Often described in the literature as visual displays of the wearer's power, in the context of contemporary Burkina Faso these shirts are instead an example of how hunters deal with representations of power through an aesthetics of concealment (Ferme 2001). An excess of display is conversely connected with the politics of state-recognized hunters' associations. Issues of ecological change, local conceptions of power, and contemporary struggles with state authority intersect in the practices and discourses on hunters' shirts.

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Ferrarini, L. (2019). The shirts of the Donso hunters: Materiality and power between concealment and visual display. African Studies Review, 62(1), 76–98. https://doi.org/10.1017/asr.2017.152

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