Title: Griot’s Throne
The griot acted as the storyteller and keeper of history in many West African cultures. As a result, the role of the griot was extremely important to the survival of the tribes and cultures. Without written language, the griot functioned as the memory bank for all elements of everyday life and living. The use of animals incorporated in tales of great wit and prowess is widespread among African Americans even today. In The Griot’s Throne, human and animals peer out from a field of corn, reminding us of the importance of stories about animals that teach us how to behave.
The Griot’s Throne now stands with the other CPAG work at the Beth Anne Center, bridging generations and inviting reflection on the richness of the culture of the people who live, work, and attend functions at Bethel New Life and on Chicago’s west side.