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Field Work in Ondo, Western Region (Nigeria): Climbing Excursion to the Efi Rock

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Turner, Lorenzo Dow 1890-1972
Turner, Lorenzo Dow
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1 photographic negative : b&w; 35mm
Yoruba (African people)
Nigeria, Ondo State, Ondo
Nigeria, Western
Ondo (Nigeria)
Title is provided by ACMA Archives staff based on researcher's notes.
Information from Turner's diary as reported in Margaret Wade-Lewis publication reads, "Ondo, Nigeria. Friday, April 6, 1951. Today I drove to a nearby mountain called Efi Rock. It was very difficult to reach. [...]. I was accompanied by George and 4 other boys. There we met a hunter with a gun. [...]. The hunter, J. O. Ola Ayorinbe, P.O. Box 51 Ondo, Nigeria, took us to the top of the mountain. I had to remove my shoes to scale it. The hunter and the boys were already barefooted. I took several pictures of the surrounding country and of the mountain. [...]. With great difficulty, I descended the mountain. The hunter walks down easily, leaning back. His feet cling to the rock. I eased down in sitting position, with palm of hands on the rock and bare feet also on rock.'." [Lorenzo Dow Turner: Father of Gullah Studies. By Margaret Wade-Lewis. Published by: Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2007, p. 170-171]
Additional information from Alcione M. Amos reads, "In 1951, Lorenzo Dow Turner was able to achieve his dream of visiting Africa after he received a Fulbright award. His visit to West Africa was a major adventure of interacting with the local people, presenting lectures, and again recording songs, folktales, and proverbs. Turner was initially located at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where he lectured to appreciative audiences on topics such as Africans in the New World and the English language in America. Soon after his arrival he was extending his reach and traveling all over the country. During these excursions he often played the recordings he had made in Brazil with Yoruba speakers. His audiences in Africa were fascinated. He was further connecting the worlds of the African Diaspora through language." [Lorenzo Dow Turner: Connecting Communities through Language. Alcione M. Amos. The Black Scholar: Volume 41, No.1, Journal of Black Studies and Research (Spring 2011), pp. 4-15. Published by: the Black World Foundation and Paradigm Publishers, Boulder, Colorado]
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Lorenzo Dow Turner papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams
Natural landscapes
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ACMA LDT-N-R20-631
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Sub-series 5.4.1: Research: Africa
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers, Series 5: Photographs ca 1890-1974
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers 1895-1972
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