104 Music for a Camel Tournament II / Tuareg women.
105 A Muezzin Call to Prayer.
106 Wedding Song / Afar (African people).
107 Song to make the Camels Drink / Somaliland.
108 Song of Tobaski / Sonray Tribe.
109 Flute Players / Dogon (African people).
110 Bardic Song / Dogon (African people).
111 The Hunt / Jerma Tribe.
112 Song of Religious Possessions / Jerma Tribe.
113 Drum Duet / Mandingo (African people).
114 Song of Praise / Mandingo (African people).
115 Funeral Song / Gwin Tribe.
116 Whistle Band / Wara (African people).
117 Work Song / Gwin Tribe.
118 Song for Rain / Gwin Tribe.
119 Festive Dance / Gwin Tribe.
201 Healing Song.
202 Song of Exorcism / Sakalava (Malagasy people).
203 Song to Bring Good Luck / Vezo (Malagasy people).
204 Song of Hommage to the King / Ambilube Tribe.
205 Work Song / Kabre (African people).
206 Porter's Song / Bawanji Tribe.
207 Paddler's Song / Okande Tribe.
208 Dance Song / Badouma Tribe.
209 Dance with Drum Rhythm / Okande Tribe.
210 Funeral Song / Noguundi Tribe.
211 Dance Song / Bongili Tribe.
212 Dance / Koukouya (African people).
213 Healing Song / Kouyou Tribe.
214 Funeral Music / Koukouya (African people).
215 Hunting Cries of the Babinga Pygmies.
216 Magic Song / Babinga (African people).
207 Djokobo / Babinga (African people).
217 Djokobo / Babinga (African people).
218 Sandzo / Babinga (African people).
219 Edjingi / Babinga (African people).
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Frederic Ramsey audio recordings, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
This collection includes one photographic album containing 269 silver gelatin black and white prints (12 x 16 cm.) and dates from 1936-1941. The photographs were taken in northern Ethiopia, and possibly Somalia. The images highlight peoples including the Danakil and Afar, dress, adornments, coiffures, churches, and historical residence, among other subjects.
Scope and Contents:
This collection includes one photographic album containing 269 silver gelatin black and white prints (12 x 16 cm.) and dates from 1936-1941. The photographs were taken in northern Ethiopia (Afar region) and possibly Somalia, and may have been produced by Italian military members during the occupation and war with Ethiopia. The images largely depict groups and portraits of African peoples, including the Danakil and Afar, scenic views, soldiers, vernacular architecture, churches, and towns. Many photographs depict animals, including lions, camels, warthogs, wildebeest, porcupines, hyenas, baboons, cheetahs, snakes, and ostriches. Of particular note are photos of an Ethiopian priest with a cross, an Ethiopian horseman with a shield, and clergy in full ceremonial attire.
Original album order maintained.
Unknown photographer. The album was likely compiled by Italian military officers around the beginning of World War II. At the time, Italy had colonies in Libya and Italian East Africa (now Libya). The cover of the album reads: "FONDAZIONE DELL IX IMPERO ANNO XIV MAGGIO", which translates to "Foundation of the Ninth Empire year 14 May"
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