Field Work on both Sides of the Benue River, Northern Region (Nigeria): Young Tiv Man Playing Raft Zither, Typical Instrument of the Plateau Region
Turner, Lorenzo Dow 1890-1972
Turner, Lorenzo Dow
1 photographic negative : b&w; 35mm
Tiv (African people)
Nigeria, Benue State
Title is provided by ACMA Archives staff based on researcher's notes.
Information from "Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner. Connecting Communities through Language, August 9, 2010-July 24, 2011, Anacostia Community Museum," reads, "The raft zither is considered the most typical of the instruments in the Plateau region of Nigeria. It is made of reeds bound together to form a raft. The strings are made of the peels of the reeds which are bound at each end. Two sticks are placed between the strings and the reeds to create the tension in the strings. Then the strings are bound in the middle to create the various pitches. The raft zither is played with the fingers as one would play a guitar."
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