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Black Caps and Red Feathers

John Nkemngong Nkengasong

Publication Year: 2010

In Black Caps and Red Feathers the reader is taken into Creatureís subconscious on the garbage heap where he is tenant, and where he recounts his multitudinous and gruesome experiences in Traourouís underground prisons. Ancestral Earth, set within a traditional African background, indicts Akeumbin, the king and custodian of the earth of Allehtendurih, who is caught in the dilemma of stopping a plague caused by the reckless exploitation of the earth and showing affection for his fiftieth bride. In compliance with the Princes of Earth, the women who are the principal victims, bring pressure to bear on the King who condescends to the urgency of appeasing the Ancestral Earth. The common denominator in both plays is communal grudge against irresponsible leadership and its fallouts of indiscriminate victimization that allow for the anticipation of a new or renewed consciousness.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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pp. i-

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Introduction

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pp. iii-xi

The two plays in this publication, Black Caps and Red Feathers and Ancestral Earth, have an ancestry of works that challenge traditional postcolonial binaries, given the fluid boundaries of Cameroon’s postcoloniality. This distinction is necessary in order to better appraise the complex nature of overlapping ...

Play 1: Black Caps and Red Feathers

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Play 1: Dramatis Personae

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pp. 3-6

The first performance of Black Caps and Red Feathers was given on the 1st of July, 1995 in the Catholic Mission Hall Kumba Town by the Royal Spear Theatre Club. It was directed by the ...

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Play 1: ACT ONE

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pp. 7-26

... Not far from the heap is a fire smoking lazily from beneath a tripod of rough stones. On it stands an old can which serves as a pot. A little distance away from the fire is a bundle stuffed with assortments - old tins, rags, bones, etc. Besides is a sheaf of rusty papers. ...

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Play 1: ACT TWO

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pp. 27-47

Scene is the same. It is afternoon. A little ray of smoke is seen trailing out from the fireplace. More flies are plaguing the heap and Creature’s wound. Creature, still lying on his back opens his eyes and looks about wearily. He struggles and sits up looking agitated. He collects bone, yawns and scratches his belly ...

Play 2: Ancestral Earth

Play 2: Dramatis Personae

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pp. 51-

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Play 2: Act 1

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pp. 52-80

An opening in the sacred grove adjacent to the main entrance into the King’s Palace. Far back, is a shrine roofed with thatches, the walls are made of barks of ancient trees. To the side, a short distance from the shrine, three men sit on wooden stools. A carved stool with the emblem of ...

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956578191
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956578382

Page Count: 98
Publication Year: 2010