The collection depicts the everyday life and architecture of Basotho, Hausa, Makonde, Matabele, Pedi, Swazi, and Xhosa peoples in Nigeria, Southern Africa, and Tanzania.
The collection depicts Basotho, Hausa, Makonde, Matabele, Pedi, Swazi, and Xhosa peoples in Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, and Tanzania. Images show agricultural work, architecture, carving, cooking, landscapes, mountains, and portraits, among other subjects. Highlights of the collection include Makonde carvers at work in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Hausa peoples tie dying at indigo dye pits in Kano, Nigeria, and house decorations in South Africa and Lesotho including Bataung houses decorated with stone mosaics.
The collection is arranged into series according to geographic location:
Series 1: Nigeria, 1974
Series 2: South Africa, 1970-1975
Series 3: Tanzania, 1974
Biographical / Historical:
Dr. George F. Rohrmann is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Microbiology at Oregon State University. His field of specialization is Virology.
Donated by George Rohrmann in December 2017 and March 2018.
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