Field Work in Ondo, Western Region (Nigeria): Second Burial Ceremony of the Sashere (Ruler) of Ondo
Turner, Lorenzo Dow 1890-1972
Turner, Lorenzo Dow
1 photographic negative : b&w; 35mm
Yoruba (African people)
Nigeria, Ondo State, Ondo
Title is provided by ACMA Archives staff based on researcher's notes.
Turner's handwritten caption on verso of related photographic print reads, "Ondo, Nigeria."
Information from Turner's diary as reported in Margaret Wade-Lewis publication reads, "In early April , Turner witnessed the reinternment of a prominent man. "[The] burial ceremony... took place Saturday. The body of the Canou's father had been buried too near the road and had to be removed. This necessitated a ceremony -marching, drumming and dancing, singing and sacrificing of hogs and oxen for the feast, which is to take place Monday (April 9). The new tomb will be dedicated today (April 8)... the Chief Sashere Ayotilerewa Awosika, who died in 1900. The dancers were also celebrating the death of 2 other sons of his who were also sasheres. I took pictures of the revelers from the 2nd floor window of Mr. B. A. Ademodi, head master of St. Stephen's Senior Primary School, Ondo." [Lorenzo Dow Turner: Father of Gullah Studies. By Margaret Wade-Lewis. Published by: Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2007, p. 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]
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams