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Title:Frobenius in West African history
Author:Ita, J.M.
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:anthropological research
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About person:Leo V. Frobenius (1873-1938)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/180761
Abstract:The observations of Leo Frobenius in West Africa between 1907 and 1912 are commonly ignored by Anglo-American archaeologists and anthropologists, due to developments in anthropological theory since the First World War. Examined are the methods and observations of Frobenius in the light of his own statements, his anthropological method, as exemplified by his work among the Kabré of North Togo, his archaeological method as exemplified by his work in Ife. The observations on the Kabré may be more reliable than the method of Frobenius would lead one to expect. With regard to the work in Ife Frobenius was somewhat unscrupulous. Outside sources, both oral and written, might help to check the veracity of the account of Frobenius of his own method, and also the reliability of the observations themselves. An assessment of the reliability of the observations in Togo and Nigeria might be generally indicative of the reliability of the West African observations in the period 1907-12. Notes, summary.