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Boloye band play one-stringed calabash harps called bolongo at the final rituals of a Senufo funeral, near Korhogo, Ivory Coast

Catalog Data

Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
1 negatives (photographic) (b&w, 35mm.)
Senufo (African people)  Search this
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Black-and-white negatives
Côte d'Ivoire
Scope and Contents:
"On the last day of the ceremony, two Nufori acrobat-masks brought into the village square perform the final rituals of a Senufo funeral. Known as Panthers of the Poro, the masks are accompanied by a Boloye band, who play unique one-stringed calabash harps called bolongo, plucking the string and tapping the side of the instrument with metal finger rings to establish rhythm. Three players reinforce the beat by shaking calabash rattles. The leading player calls out words from a chant to honor the deceased, and the other players answer him with an appropriate rhythmic response." [Beckwith C., Fisher A., 1999: African Ceremonies. Volume 2. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Westinghouse Film and traveled to Africa from October 26, 1970 to end of March 1971.
Local Numbers:
EENG-VIII-54, 22.
Title source: Index card based on photographer's notes.
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
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Black-and-white negatives
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EENG 09806
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Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art