Griot: A central figure in many West African cultures. Historically, the griot held many functions, including community historian, cultural critic, indigenous artist, and collective spokesperson.

The Griot Institute for Africana Studies provides faculty and student intellectual and creative engagement with the interdisciplinary investigation of the cultures, histories, narratives, peoples, geographies and arts of Africa and the African diaspora.

Griot Storytelling Project

Mick Smyer, ProvostGriots are amoung us. Bucknellians, like Provost Mick Smyer, share their stories.

"Telling your autobiography should be pretty straightforward, right? Except that the hard part is trying to decide: What do you include, and what do you keep out?"

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The Griot Tree photograph is used by permission of the artist, Bobbie Crews.
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The Griot Tree photograph is used by permission of the artist, Bobbie Crews.

The Griot Tree photograph is used by permission of the artist, Bobbie Crews.

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