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Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
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Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
1 Slide (col.)
Enya (African people)  Search this
Genya (African people)  Search this
Archival materials
Color slides
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Scope and Contents:
"The Wagenia derive their fame as fisherman from the way in which they have turned the opportunities offered them by their natural environment to account. At the point where they live, the river narrows considerably and drops in a series of rapids and cataracts over a several metres high, hard rocky ledge which appears above the surface here. A special attraction for tourists is the way the Wagenia manoeuvre their canoes through the rapids and the acrobatic feats they perform when emptying the conical, 2 to 5-metre long fish-traps suspended in the rapids from structures of thick beams. For the Wagenia master other techniques besides fishing with traps. They also employ various kind of nets, many of them at present 'made in Hongkong'. The most daring of these particular techniques is that involving the use of katilo, a kind of small landing-net." [Droogers A., 1980: The Dangerous Journey, Symbolic Aspects of Boys' Initiation among the Wagenia of Kisangani, Zaire. Mouton Publishers, The Hague]. During his trip to Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo), Elisofon visited the Boyoma Falls near Kisangani. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Westinghouse Film and traveled to Africa from October 26, 1970 to end of March 1971.
Local Numbers:
L 3 ENI 4.6.4 EE 71
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
Frame value is 18.
Slide No. L 3 ENI 4.6.4 EE 71
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
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Fishing  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 9713
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Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art