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Creator:
Herskovits, Melville J (Melville Jean) 1895-1963  Search this
Herskovits, Frances S (Frances Shapiro) 1897-  Search this
Physical description:
1,900 feet (71 minutes) silent b&w film/video
Culture:
Fon (African people)  Search this
Ashanti (African people)  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
Abomey, Dahomey
Allada, Dahomey
Nigeria
Ghana
Africa
Date:
1931
Notes:
Preservation supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Film Preservation Foundation
Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee
Summary:
Footage shot during fieldwork in Dahomey (Benin), Nigeria, and the Gold Coast (Ghana). Documentation of Yoruba, Hausa, Ashanti, and Dahomean culture includes: <elegbara> dancers and an Igun (Egungun) ceremony in Abeokuta, Nigeria; Hausa drummers and praise singers of the Emir of Kano, Nigeria; court scenes and Kwasidei ceremony in Asokore (Gold Coast) honoring a chief's ancestors; market scenes in Abomey, Dahomey; a <dokpwe> (communal work group); Dahomean chief with wives and praise singers; <legba> dancers and drummers and Nesuhwe ceremony honoring ancestors; and various subsistence and craft activities including iron-forging, brasswork, woodcarving, weaving, hoeing and planting.
Publications:
Herskovits, Melville J. DAHOMEY: AN ANCIENT WEST AFRICAN KINGDOM. New York: J.J.Augustin, Publisher, 1938
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Topic:
Dance  Search this
Music  Search this
Language and culture  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 77.1.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives FC:0
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218203