The collection contains 527 color 35mm slides taken by Ivan Livingstone in West Africa (primarily the Republic of Benin but also in Ghana, Nigeria and Togo) circa 1972-1973. Images depict market scenes, Egúngún and Ifa ceremonies, religious ceremonies of the Celestial Church of Christ, funeral processions, decoration and ornament, clothing and dress, and musicians. There are also several images of the palace of the Oni of Ife. Culture groups represented in the collection include the Yoruba, Ifè, Oyo, Somba, Fon,Dan and Fula peoples.
Arranged by original photographer's series and classified by EEPA subject headings.
Ivan Livingstone is an Afro-Canadian scholar and photographer of Jamaican and Guianese descent. He was raised in Verdun, a working-class suburb of Montreal. Livingstone has taught at McGill University in Montreal, Laval University in Quebec City, and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Benin.
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