Story Excerpt: Continue
Dorothy Winterman's "African Amazon" outfit
It is day 15 of our arduous journey through the veldts of Nigeria (or are we in Cameroon yet?). Our tracker Adeola has discovered new tracks and scraps of fibers from obviously foreign cloths. She can find a single iguana track amongst a bevy of crocodiles, this one can. We listen intently that these “men” are probably several hours, if not a day away. We find…
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on July 5, 2011 at 4:50am —
"The Adriatic has its Venice and its gondolas,
The Atlantic has its Ganvié, so much envied.
I will praise you everywhere, Ganvié,
Venice of my country, you will soon be
The center of the world, and men from all horizons
Will be dying to come and dream on your waters,
Around your magic and haughty huts,
Amid your slender and light canoes"
by Eustache… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on June 26, 2011 at 8:34am —
If nineteenth-century Iranian women discovered time travel, where would they go? What would they bring back?
Photographer Shadi Ghadirian did not have these questions in mind, persay, but she is interested in how the Western world perceives Iranian woman like herself. In her photography series "Qajar," she brings out the cognitive dissonance that someone unfamiliar with Iran may experience, as well as comments about the position of women in society… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on June 19, 2011 at 12:00am —
The City of Light
is the journal of the travels of Jacob D'Ancona, a 13th century pious Jewish merchant. Readers follow Jacob on a three-year journey, starting from his hometown of Ancona in present-day Italy, overland through Damascus and Baghdad, and then by sea, stopping at various ports and places until he reaches the city of Zaitun, modern-day Quanzhou, where he stays to buy goods and talk to the scholars of the city. It consists of equal parts travelogue/memoir and a… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on June 5, 2011 at 12:00am —
Among the objects in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, one of the most popular is Tipu's Tiger, an Indian automaton of a tiger mauling a European soldier.
Tipu's Tiger. Image copyrighted by the Victoria & Albert Museum. Click for source.
Tipu's Tiger was created around 1795 for the Tipu Sultan of Mysore. The tiger was the sultan's emblem and the symbolism here is quite blatant: a sign of the… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on May 22, 2011 at 12:00am —
“If I walk, I hope my footsteps won’t be erased just like that… I want many other footsteps to follow mine!” - Anne Avantie
Anne Avantie's signature kebaya designs are growing in popularity as Asian fashion enters the global scene. Born to Chinese parents in Solo, Indonesia, Anne never had any formal training in fashion design, but always had an interest in the fashion world. Her love for fashion design started… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on May 17, 2011 at 11:11am —
A portrait of Malik Ambar signed by Hashem (C 1624-25); photo courtesy V&A Images, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; A painting showing Jehangir shooting arrows into the severed head of Malik Ambar signed by Abul-Hasan (C 1616), © The Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (www.cbl.ie
Earlier this year, my attention was drawn to a discussion on … Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on May 15, 2011 at 10:30am —
First stop in this Con Extravaganza series is Nova Albion
, based in Santa Clara, California. This con was formerly named Steam Powered, and I first heard about it from Mike Perschon
's blog years ago. This year's Nova Albion is the first steampunk convention to address a non-Western theme, and I was intrigued when they had invited me as a speaker back in… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on May 15, 2011 at 10:10am —
Click to read more on the publisher's website.
When we take about the impact of the Industrial Revolution, we speak of it in terms as if there had been only One Industrial Revolution, and that had taken place throughout the Western world during the nineteenth century. As I had written about… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on May 10, 2011 at 5:48am —
Note: This has been cross-posted from Edwardian Promenade. A few days late for this blog, but still relevant (I also recommend reading this modern perspective on this North American holiday too).
I live in California, and coincidentally, this was where the first Cinco de Mayo celebrations were held in the 1860s. Just in case you have no clue what the holiday entails, “[t]he 5th of… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on May 8, 2011 at 12:00am —
This Monday is the first night of Pesach, or Passover. In the days when the Temple was standing, every Jew was required to make a pilgrimage to the Temple and make an offering there. Around the world and on six continents, Jews still follow the same structure for a Passover seder, as outlined in the Haggadah nearly two thousand years ago. But Jews are not monolithic: each community adds its own variations and customs to the mix.
A picture from the Sarajevo Haggadah,… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on April 17, 2011 at 12:00am —
Vlisco model. Click for source.
“A picture of a pipe isn't necessarily a pipe, an image of “African fabric” isn't necessarily authentically [and wholly] African”.
These above words are quoted
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on April 10, 2011 at 12:00am —
Note: This is cross-posted with permission from Edwardian Promenade.
Released in 2009 (though with a fair share of controversy over the admittedly tasteless title, “Barbarian Princess”), with limited run last year and a DVD release in September, Princess Kaiulani
is a gorgeously-shot tale of an unjustly forgotten figure in American history. Though the writing isn’t as nuanced as it could be, and there are many holes in the tale which require… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on March 27, 2011 at 12:00am —
Outlined routes towards discovering and conversantly addressing Carla Speed McNeil’s graphic series Finder.
Panel from Finder: Sin-Eater, Issue 9: Artist/writer: Carla Speed McNeil, Lightspeed Press, March 1998
One inspired comic maker, Carla Speed McNeil, who began self-publishing Finder
through her own imprint of Lightspeed Press
in 1996, has been ardently… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on March 20, 2011 at 12:26pm —
Amelia B. Edwards, author of "The Story of Salome". Image courtesy of Wikipedia
Salome da Costa
was created by Amelia B. Edwards and appeared in… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on March 15, 2011 at 10:46pm —
AnachroCon, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is an alternative history convention that has been sympathetic to the steampunk cause. On its website, they… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on March 14, 2011 at 12:00am —
was created by Leo Charles Dessar and appears in A Royal Enchantress
(1900). Dessar (1847-1924) was a New York judge who was a part of the corrupt Tammany Hall political system.
There was a real Cahina (alternatively, “Kahena” or “Kahina”), a Queen of the Berbers
in the 7th and 8th… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on March 9, 2011 at 12:00am —
During the aftermath of the Industrial Revolution, causes for gender equality were being raised by men and women throughout the world. In 1909, under the helm of the Socialist Party of America, the first National Women's Day was celebrated in the United States on February 28th. In 1910, at the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, influential German socialist politician Clara Zetkin proposed that a day be… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on March 7, 2011 at 9:49pm —
Note: This is cross-posted with permission from Edwardian Promenade.
"I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!"
Contrary to public opinion, Madam C.J. Walker did not
invent the hot comb or relaxers, and neither was she the only African-American beautician during the Gilded Age. What the former Sarah Breedlove was, however, was incredibly… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on March 6, 2011 at 12:00am —
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1871 title page. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
Did Verne create “steampunk” characters in his novels? Though I cannot define Verne as being a steampunk writer, I can say that Verne’s works, while written in a cut and dry cataloguing style, nonetheless emphasizes moral and social qualities as much as it does scientific ones. Given these circumstances, I will consider what are considered important values that a person should have according to… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on February 27, 2011 at 5:28pm —