This album contains 57 photographic prints, dating from circa 1899-1900, depicting the indigenous peoples of the Belgian Congo (later known as Zaire and presently known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Subjects depicted include costumes, body arts (hairstyles and scarification), funerary rituals, weavers and blacksmiths. Culture groups represented in the collection include the Kasai, Kwango and Luba peoples.
Organization reflects the original order of the prints in the album.
Arthur Pope was a Canadian commercial agent who traveled extensively in the Congo, investigating the rubber trade. Pope was also a celebrated athlete and hockey player who won the broadsword fencing competition at the Chicago World's Fair in 1895.
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