Preservation supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Film Preservation Foundation
Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee
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.
Herskovits, Melville J. DAHOMEY: AN ANCIENT WEST AFRICAN KINGDOM. New York: J.J.Augustin, Publisher, 1938
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