Swahili Expressive Arts is a collection of images that represent the research and scholarship of Professor Rebecca Gearhart Mafazy, Ph.D., Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois Wesleyan University. Professor Gearhart Mafazy has worked with members of the community of Lamu, Kenya for twenty years and for this collection she has selected images that represent aspects of Swahili ceremonial life on the northern coast of Kenya. The Swahili Expressive Arts collection may be used as a reference for student and scholar research on some of the Sufi-inspired practices that contemporary Swahili communities in the Lamu archipelago and adjacent mainland carry on into the present. For an in-depth examination of Swahili music and dance (ngoma) traditions, please read: Ngoma Memories: How Ritual Music and Dance Shaped the Northern Kenya Coast
. Four Days for the Prophet
provides a viewer's perspective of the Maulidi festival in Lamu, Kenya. For more information about Professor Gearhart Mafazy's work, please visit her SelectedWorks page. For more information about the collection, please see the 2007 news story
by the IWU Office of Communications.