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Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 negatives (photographic) (b&w, 35mm.)
Culture:
Yoruba (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1971
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts two girls dancing accompanied by drummer playing "Iya Ilu, the 'mother' drum. The drummer's left hand tightens the strings thus giving the tones and glides of Yoruba speech. Hence, 'the talking drum'." [H. H. Layoe I, 1954: Yoruba Drums, Nigeria Magazine, D. W. MacRow]. John Adetoyese Laoye I, Timi of Ede, comes from a family of drummers and was taught the art by his maternal uncle. He has made every effort to keep the tradition alive. During his trip to Nigeria, Elisofon visited Ede, one of oldest towns of Yoruba people; founded by Timi Agbale to establish a settlement to protect the Oyo caravan route to Benin. 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:
EENG-VII-34, 20A.
General:
Title source: Index card based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
Typed index card reads, "F 2 Yrb. Yoruba. Nigeria, Ede. Drummer and young girls performing for the Timi of Ede. 1/31/1971. EE. neg.no. VII-34, 20A." The card was written in 1977-79 by Archives staff using source provided by photographer.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Musicians  Search this
Dance  Search this
Children  Search this
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EENG 02311
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref29394