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Gorlia, Emile E.O.  Search this
Collection Source:
Harris, Nancy H.  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Gorlia, Emile E.O.  Search this
1 glass negative (b&w, 8 x 10.5 cm.)
Luba (African people)  Search this
Archival materials
Glass negatives
Congo (Democratic Republic)
[ca. 1915]
Scope and Contents:
Judge E. Gorlia's third journey in the Belgian Congo from December 1917 to April 1920.
In eastern Kasai, much of the population was dislocated and disorganized as a result of the Arab incursions and the subsequent campaigns against them. At a very early date, an uprooted class, no doubt including many Baluba but also many others, took refuge around the European posts. Visiting Lusambo, Kasai, in 1908, Hilton-Simpson, a member of the Torday expedition, reported an "enormous" African population. A number of separate ethnic villages were grouped around the post; however," in addition to these, there is a very large mixed population of natives belonging to no particular village, who are generally termed Baluba by the white men of the Kasai, but who in reality belong to that tribe no more than to any other." These included the former Arab slaves, the uprooted, the outcasts, many of whom had no idea from what village they came.
Title source: Archives staff; title not provided by photographer.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection digitized and available online. Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
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.
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Vernacular architecture  Search this
Leaders  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  Search this
Regalia  Search this
Glass negatives
Collection Citation:
Emile Gorlia Photographs, EEPA 1977-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
EEPA.1977-001, Item EEPA 1977-0001-458
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Emile Gorlia photographs
Emile Gorlia photographs / Third Trip to Congo
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art