Tribal Art Reference is a reference website about the literature and the art works themselves of traditional and contemporary African, Oceanic, native American and tribal Asian art. It is geared towards the collector, dealer or curator who is searching for references to articles, books and pictures of objects of a specific region or ethnic group.

 

On the one hand, it provides searchable indexes to more than 27,000 articles of the main journals on that topic. Most of the results are linked to the full text of the article when digitally available (not necessarily for free though!). The indexed magazines and journals are listed here under.

And it offer lists of books in different formats. Probably, the most useful should be the selected list of recommended books, organized by region and country; presently it covers only Africa but this should be extended in the future. The website also includes a list of recently published books which I recommend and a blog on my latest readings. Finally, it includes my library as this covers a much larger number of works (2.000 and still indexing !)than the recommended list.

 

On the other, it incorporates the internal search engines of the major museums and auction houses. This allows the user of this website to access the pictures and descriptions of millions of objects from a single webpage ! As this is heavy stuff, to allow for smooth browsing, the search engines have been spread over three pages: European museums, American and Australian museums and auction houses.

 

The list of indexed magazines and journals is as follows :

 

A4 - Magazin für Aussereuropäische Kunst und Kultur 2005-2013
Abhandlungen und Berichte der Staatlichen Ethnographischen Sammlungen Sachsen2005-2012
Abhandlungen und Berichte des Staatlichen Museums für Völkerkunde Dresden1962-2002
Æquatoria1937-1962with links to the full text
Africa1928-2016with links to the full text
Africa: Rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione dell’Istituto italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente1947-20with links to the full text
Africa Museum Tervuren1993-1994
African Arts1967-2016with links to the full text
Africa-Tervuren1961-1990
African Archeological Review1983-2016with links to the full text
Afrique: Archéologie et Arts2001-2015
American Indian Art Magazine1975-2014
Annales Æquatoria1980-2009with links to the full text
Annual Report of the Bureau Of American Ethnology1880-1933with links to the full text
Anthropos - International Review of Anthropology and Linguistics1906-2014with links to the full text
Art Tribal - Tribal Art2002-2005
Art tribal (Barbier-Mueller Museum)1987-1998
Arts d'Afrique Noire1971-2004
Arts et Cultures (Barbier-Mueller Museum)2000-2016
Baessler-Archiv. Beiträge zur Völkerkunde (Berlin)1911-1943incomplete
Baessler-Archiv. Beiträge zur Völkerkunde. Neue Folge (Berlin)1952-2015
Bulletin of the Bureau Of American Ethnology1886-1971with links to the full text
Congo. Revue générale de la colonie Belge—Algemeen tijdschrift van de Belgische Kolonie1920-1940to be added
Congo-Tervuren1947-1960to be added
Connaissance des arts tribaux (Barbier-Mueller Museum)1978-1986
Contributions to North American Ethnology1877-1893with links to the full text
Critica d'Arte1973-1985
Ethnologica - Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum der Stadt Köln1909-2012
Hali - Carpet, Textile, Islamic Art1978-2016complete from 1994 on
Institute of Social Anthropology1944-1953with links to the full text
Jahrbuch der Staatlichen Ethnographischen Sammlungen Sachsen2007-2013
Jahrbuch des Museums für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig1968-2007
Journal of African Archeology2003-2016with links to the full text
Journal de la Société des Africanistes1931-1976with links to the full text
Journal de la Société des Américanistes1895-2015with links to the full text
Journal de la Société des Océanistes1945-2015with links to the full text
Journal des Africanistes1977-2014with links to the full text
Journal Fünf Kontinente. Forum für ethnologische Forschung2016
Kaos - Parcours des mondes2001-2007
Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig1974-1989
Monographien zur Völkerkunde / Hamburgisches Museum für Völkerkunde1943-1992
Münchner Beiträge - Jahrbuch des Staatlichen Museums für Völkerkunde München1988-2015
Objets et Mondes1961-1989with links to the full text
Pacific Arts1975-2013with links to the full text
Paideuma1938-2014with links to the full text
Precolombart (Barbier-Mueller Museum)1998-2000
Primitifs1990-1991
Quaderni Poro1976-1995
Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology1965-2011with links to the full text
Tribal2002-2005
Tribal Art Magazine2006-2016with links to the full text
Tribus - Jahrbuch des Linden-Museums Stuttgart1951-2016
Veröffentlichungen des Museums für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig1907-1988
Wegweiser zur Völkerkunde / Hamburgisches Museum für Völkerkunde1951-1991
World of Tribal Art1994-2002
Zaïre. Revue Congolaise—Congoleesch Tijdschrift1947-1960to be added