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 Institute Opening Event

Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, Noon - 2 p.m.

The Opening Event will be a celebration to welcome students, staff, and faculty into the new academic year, ​and will feature the ​Soul in Motion African Dance and Drum Ensemble​​, as well as the Bisonettes.​​The event will be held on the Science Quad. Food will be provided, as well as information about the 2019-20 events!


Bucknell in the Caribbean

June 11 - July 3, 2019

Study abroad with the Griot. Through readings, lectures, field trips, volunteer projects, attendance and participation in cultural performances, ethnographic interviews, as well as analytical reflections on their experiences, ​Bucknell in the Caribbean ​provides first-hand information about the literatures, histories, and cultures of the Caribbean. For more information, please contact ​​.

Bucknell in the Caribbean

West African Drumming Lessons

The Griot Institute offers a unique experience in learning West African Drumming.

Approximately 10 lessons per semester are offered as a fun and educational means of better understanding West African music and culture. For more information or to register, please email

Want to learn more about the Griot Institute?

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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