Unisa Press

What the forest told me

Yoruba hunter, culture and narrative performance

Author: Dr Ayo Adeduntan
Published: 2014-06-02 00:00:00.0
ISBN: 978-1-86888-739-2
Number of pages: 150
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Ayo Adeduntan was educated at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and University of Ibadan. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in literature from Obafemi Awolowo University, and Master of Arts in the same discipline from the University of Ibadan. He completed his PhD in Cultural and Performance Studies at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.

Since 2010, he has been teaching in method and theory of field investigation; gender, ideology and performance; performance theory; prospects and problem of performance research, and indigenous approach to conflict resolution at the Institute of African Studies, Ibadan. He has published articles in Text Performance Studies Quarterly, African Notes, as well as chapters in various books. With Ohioma Pogoson, he is currently editing a volume of essays entitled ‘Culture and Society in Postcolonial Nigeria’. His current research activities focus on how 20th-century and 21st-century urban performance forms exploit indigenous African codes.

Table of content

List of Plates & Tables vii

Acknowledgements viii

Preface ix

  1. Hunter, Hunting and a Yoruba World 1
    Introduction 1
    Ìgbẹ́ Alágogo: A glimpse into the hunters’ world 4
    Folklore and redefinition of performance 7
    Scope and methodology 9

  2. Art, the Hunter’s World and the Death of Fixity 16
    Introduction 16
    The performance art of hunters’ narratives 16
    Ìbà (Acknowledgement and appeal) 17
    Proverb 19
    Oríkì 21
    Ọfò ̣ incantation 23
    Ìjálá, Ìrèmọ̀jé and the hunter’s allergy to fixity 25
    Conceptualising narrativity between fact and fiction 33

  3. The Hunter and the Other 43
    Introduction 43
    Dualism, African cultural discourse, and the hunter 43
    Man the hunter and the supernatural 48
    Forest the indeterminate 58

  4. Negotiating the Formidable 63
    Introduction 63
    The hunter, the Other and the limits of man 63
    Familiarisation and defamiliarisation 79
    Truth, mythmaking and management of credibility risk 80
    Language and the portrait of anOther world 82

  5. The Hunter on the Airwaves 87
    Introduction 87
    The ethic of silence and the imperative of narrativity 87
    Broadcast media and the ‘sin’ of narrative reconstruction 93

Conclusion 100

Appendix A: The narrative of Músílíù Àlàgbé Fìríàáríkú 105
Appendix B: The narrative of Rábíù Òjó 108
Appendix C: The narrative of Jọ́ògún Àlàdé 111
Appendix D: The narrative of Ògúnkúnlé Òjó 114
Appendix E: The narrative of Ọláníyì Ọládèj̣ọ Yáwóọ̣ ré ̣ 117
Appendix F: The narrative of Kọ̀bọmọjẹ́ Àlàdé 120
References 125
Index 133