May 26, 2022

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art Publishes Its First Graphic Novel (Free Download)

From the Museum’s Web Site:

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art launched its first graphic novel [today].

The Song of Lionogo is based on a Swahili mythological figure from East Africa and was inspired by the cultural connections between the Arab peninsula and the Indian Ocean.

It offers an interactive and educational experience to teens and youths: it incorporates a map of specific locations in the novel, a glossary to introduce readers to a new vocabulary and enables readers to include their own story plots.

Direct to Full Text Graphic Novel (50 pages; PDF)

An animated introduction to the graphic novel that was first posted online at the end of March remains available an is embedded below.

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