Among the Mende and nearby peoples of coastal Sierre Leone and Liberis, wilderness spirits are represented in the masksof an association called Sande. Members of Sande initiate young girls into adulthood; train them to be good mothers, wives, and citizens; and teach them the intricacies of social and spiritual life. During association ceremonies, members dance wearing beautiful jet-black helmet masks that represent wilderness spirits with whom the individual mask owners have established intimate and beneficial relationships.
CMAA is an experience created by African artifacts collector Eric Edwards, who has amassed one of the largest African art collections in the United States. In a journey of over fifty years of carefully selecting these items, which date back to over four thousand years, these rare and unique African artifacts are now being shared with the public in a museum setting for education and joy.
Address: Cultural Museum of African Art, Inc. The Eric Edwards Collection 1360 Fulton St, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11216