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African Welcoming of Nana Oparebea to the United States

Catalog Data

Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Nana Oparebea  Search this
Collection Creator:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
3 Video recordings (open reel, 1/2 inch)
African American  Search this
Archival materials
Video recordings
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
circa 1970s
Scope and Contents:
Nana Oparebea, a chief priestess and spiritual leader, explains the spiritual nature of African people, her visit to the United States to teach Africans in the United States about their culture, the origin of Ghana's Psychic and Traditional Healing Association, and her election as the national chairman of the association in 1962. Recording includes footage of several paintings, drawings, and photographs portraying African people and culture. At an airport in Washington, D.C., women, men, and children dance and sing; and participate in a ceremony in celebration of Nana Oparebea. At an exterior location, they participate in a ceremony in which a lamb is sacrificed.
Interview and ceremonies. Part of ACM Museum Events, PR, and Ceremonies Recordings. AV000831: interview and artwork. AV000803 and AV003578: ceremonies. AV003578: African Welcoming begins at 001726 (preceded by Student Oratorical Contest on Frederick Douglass and Award Presentation). Undated.
Local Numbers:
ACMA AV000831 ACMA AV003578
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist at
African Americans  Search this
Spirituality  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Sacrifice  Search this
Animal sacrifice  Search this
African culture  Search this
Video recordings
African Welcoming of Nana Oparebea to the United States, Record Group AV09-023, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
ACMA.09-023, Item ACMA AV000803
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Museum Events, Programs, and Projects, 1967-1989
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives