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Aardema, Verna, and Susan Meddaugh. Bimwili & the Zimwi: A Tale from Zanzibar. New York, Dial Books for Young Readers, 1985. (K-3).

African Storybook : Open Access to Picture books in the Languages of Africa. www.africanstorybook.org/. Accessed 30 July 2021. (K-12)

Anderson, Joy. Juma and the Magic Djinn. Lothrop, 1986. (K-3) Review http://archives.africaaccessreview.org/

Bulion, Leslie, and Nicole Tadgell. “Fatuma’s New Cloth.” North Kingstown, Moon Mountain Publishing, 2002. (K-3) Review  archives.africaaccessreview.org/ Accessed 26 July 2021.

Feelings, Muriel. Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book. New York: Puffin Pied Piper, 1981. Print. (K-3)

Feelings, Muriel L, and Tom Feelings. Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book. New York: Puffin Books, 2000. Print. (K-3)

Stalcup, Ann. “Cloves: A Spice of Life.” Faces, EBSCO, Dec. 1997, EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mih&AN=76183. Accessed 23 July 2021.

Wizard, Your S. The Cat and the Rats of Zanzibar. Your Story Wizard, 2016. Kindle (K-3)


Allyn, M. “The Spice Hunter.” Popular Mechanics, EBSCO, 2018, http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mih&AN=128805054. Accessed 23 July 2021.  Access through your school or public library

“Architecture of the Port.” World on the Horizon : Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean, National Museum of African Art, https://africa.si.edu/exhibitions/Accessed 26 July 2021.

Bang, Anne. “The Manuscripts of the Riyadh Mosque of Lamu, Kenya.” Endangered Archives Programme, British Library, eap.bl.uk/project/EAP466.

Barnes, Ruth. Textiles in Indian Ocean Societies. London, Routledge Curzon, 2005.

“Brief History of Fort Jesus.” Mombasa-city.com, www.mombasa-city.com/history_of_Fort_jesus.htm. Accessed 26 July 2021.

“Chair (Kiti Cha Enzi).” The Collection, Art Institute of Chicago, www.artic.edu/artworks/183077/chair-kiti-cha-enzi

“Classical Swahili Poetry : the Utenzi tradition.” Swahili Literature Through the Centuries KU Libraries, University of Kansas, exhibits.lib.ku.edu/exhibits/show/swahili/swahililiterature/poetry . Accessed 27 July 2021.

Coney-Ali, Kathryn. “A Sailboat’s Journey from Kenya to the Smithsonian.” Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian, 20 Mar. 2014, festival.si.edu/blog/2014/sailboats-journey-kenya-to-smithsonian/. Accessed 23 July 2021.

Conley, Rachel. “Artifact of the Month – Kenyan Dhow, Lamu.” Mariners’ Blog, The Mariners Museum and Park, 1 Aug. 2014, blog.marinersmuseum.org/2014/08/artifact-of-the-month-kenyan-dhow-lamu/. Accessed 23 July 2021.

“Connecting the Gems Mobile App.” Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, africa.si.edu/2016/11/10756/.

“Door Mid Century.” Minneapolis Institute of Art, collections.artsmia.org/art/5773/door-swahili .

Fargion, Janet Topp. “The Role of Women in taarab in Zanzibar: an Historical Examination of a Process of ‘Africanisation.'” The World of Music, vol. 35, no. 1, 1993. https://www.jstor.org/stable/43615569

“Fort Jesus, Mombasa.” Fort Jesus, Mombasa, National Museum of Kenya, www.museums.or.ke/fort-jesus-mombasa/. Accessed 26 July 2021.

“Fort Jesus, Mombasa.” World Heritage List, UNESCO, whc.unesco.org/en/list/1295/. Accessed 26 July 2021.

Harries, Lydon. “Shaaban Robert : Man of Letters.” Présence Africaine, vol. 93, 1975, pp. 194-99. https://www-jstor-org

Hassan, Hawa, et al. In Bibi’s Kitchen: The Recipes & Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean. California, Ten Speed Press, 2020.

Hofmeyr, Andrew. “The Rich History of Zanzibar’s Dhows.” Africa Geographic, Bespoke safaris and stories, africageographic.com/stories/rich-history-zanzibars-dhows/. Accessed 23 July 2021.

“In the Presence of Words.” Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. https://africa.si.edu/exhibitions/ Access 8/26/21.

“Kanga & Kitenge Clothe and Culture in East Africa.” Erie Art Museum, 2008, web.archive.org/web/20100203175335/http://www.erieartmuseum.org/exhibits/exhibits2008/kanga/kanga.html . Accessed 25 July 2021.

Kirmani, Mubina Hassanali, and Tony Siema. Bundle of Secrets: Savita Returns Home. Nairobi, CreateSpace, 2013. (K-3) Review https://africaaccessreview.org/

“Lamu Festival in Pictures.” Sacredfootsetpes.org, Patreon, www.sacredfootsteps.org/2019/12/19/lamu-maulid-festival-in-pictures/. Accessed 25 July 2021.

Mugane, John M. The Story of Swahili. Athens, Ohio UP, 2015

The Manuscripts of the Riydha Mosque in Lamu. CHR Michelsen Institute, 2011, www.cmi.no/projects/1519-the-manuscripts-of-the-riydha-mosque-in-lamu . Accessed 23 July 2021.

Markes, Sarah. Sea Level: A Portrait of Zanzibar. Dar es Salaam, Mkuki na Nyota, 2020.

—. Street Level: Drawings and Creative Writing Inspired by the Cultural and Architectural Heritage of Dar Es Salaam. Dar es Salaam, Mkuki na Nyota, 2011.

“Mashairi ya Mambo Leo: Swahili = Poems from the Swahili newspaper ‘Mambo Leo.'” Swahili Literature through the Centuries, University of Kansas Libraries, 1955-6-, exhibits.lib.ku.edu/exhibits/show/swahili/item/5915 .

“Maulid Festival.” Lamu County Government, lamu.go.ke/maulid-festival/. Accessed 25 July 2021.

Meier, Prita. Swahili Port Cities: The Architecture of Elsewhere. Bloomington, Indiana UP, 2016.

Middleton, John. African Merchants of the Indian Ocean: Swahili of the East African Coast. Long Grove, Waveland Press, 2004.

National Portrait Gallery. “Reading” Portraiture Guide for Educators Portrait “reading” encourages the visual analysis of a piece of art as if it were a historical document. https://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/npg_reading_portraiture_guide_for_educators.pdf

Njozi, Hamza Mustafa. “Utendi was Masahibu : A Parable of Truth and Justice.” Research in African Literature, vol. 34, no. 1, 2003, pp. 31-43, www.jstor.org/stable/3821095 . Accessed Accessed 25 July 2021. Available JSTOR

Nooter, Nancy. “Zanzibar Doors.” African Art, vols. Vol. 17, no. No. 4, Aug. 1984. https://www.jstor.org/  Accessed 29 July  2021. Available JSTOR

Nyamanga,, Philemon. “Kanga, a Cloth That Unites. National Museum of Kenya.” National Museum of Kenya, Google Arts and Culture, artsandculture.google.com/story/kanga-a-cloth-that-unites/fwLSRgiEQNcJLA . Accessed 23 July 2021.

Ong’oa, Rose. “Wearing What Cannot Be Spoken.” Arkansas State University, 2008, www.astate.edu/a/museum/exhibits/wearing-what-cannot-be-spoken/index.dot . Accessed 23 July 2021.

Pusteblume, Sarah. “Siti binti Saad – The Voice of Zanzibar.” Africa Contemporary, 14 Feb. 2020, historyheroines.com/2020/02/14/siti-binti-saad/. Accessed 25 July 2021.

“The Role of Women in taarab in Zanzibar: an Historical Examination of a Process of ‘Africanisation.'” The World of Music, no. 35, Nov. 1993. https://www.jstor.org/stable/43615569 Available JSTOR

Roy, P.K. “Freedom …… (Utendi / Utenzi).” Family Friends Poems, 12 July 2019, forums.familyfriendpoems.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=133449. Accessed 25 July 2021.

Rsessler, Phyllis. Kanga an African Cloth. Independently published, Phyllis Ressler, 2020.

“Sailors and Daughters, Early Photography and the Indian Ocean.” Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art’s Connecting the Gems of the Indian Ocean: From Oman to East Africa project,, Smithsonian, indian-ocean.africa.si.edu/. Accessed 29 July 2021.

“Shaaban Robert.” Encyclopedia.com, 2019, www.encyclopedia.com/history/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/shaaban-robert .

“Shaaban Robert.” Encyclopedia of Britannica, 16 June 2021, www.britannica.com/biography/Shaaban-Robert . Accessed 25 July 2021. Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia

“Shaaban Robert.” Swahili Literature through the Centuries, University of Kansas, exhibits.lib.ku.edu/exhibits/show/swahili/swahililiterature/shaabanrobert . Accessed 25 July 2021.

“Siti binti Saad the mother of taarab.” African Roots, DW, www.dw.com/en/siti-binti-saad-the-mother-of-taarab/a-43629276 .

Sulemanji, Muzu. Contemporary Dar Es Salaam. Dar es Salaam, Mkuki na Nyota, 2010.

Swahili Coast Magazine. Accessed 4/16/2022.

“Swahili Literature through the Centuries.” Swahili Literature Through the Centuries, University of Kansas, exhibits.lib.ku.edu/exhibits/show/swahili . Accessed 25 July 2021.

Wilson, Thomas H. City States of the Swahili Coast. New York, F. Watts, 1998.

“World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean.” Youtube, Night Kitchen partnered with the Krannert Art Museum, 27 Nov. 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=JigO7qqtKU0&t=1s . Accessed 25 July 2021.

Wynne-Jones, Stephanie, and Adria Jean LaViolette. The Swahili World. London, Routledge, 2020.

Yahya-Othman, Saida. “If the Cap Fits: Kanga Names and Women’s Voice in Swahili Society.” Wayback Machine, 1997, web.archive.org/web/ . Accessed 25 July 2021.

Yee, Amy. “The Hot New Musical Trend In Zanzibar Is From The ’80s — The 1880s.” NPR, WAMU, 29 Sept. 2018, (Taarab) www.npr.org/sections/ . Accessed 25 July 2021.

Zanzibar Clove Magazine. Zanzibar State Trading Corp, Nov. 2018, www.zstcznz.org/pdf/Jarida6eng.pdf . Accessed 23 July 2021. Accessed 25 July 2021.

“Zanzibar Music: Fight to preserve traditional sounds of Taarab.” TRT world, 14 Nov. 2018, https://www.trtworld.com/art-culture/zanzibar  Accessed 23 July 2021.


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