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.

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Cover image for Griot bookletIn addition to exploring our website, you can also download our "about" booklet which details our mission, staff, objectives, ongoing programs, bi-annual conferences, related programs, and more.

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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