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Vera Viditiz-Ward photographs

Photographer:
Viditz-Ward, Vera  Search this
Extent:
48 photographic prints (black and white , 11 x 14 inches.)
Culture:
Vai (African people)  Search this
Mende (African people)  Search this
Limba (African people)  Search this
Kissi (African people)  Search this
Kono (Sierra Leonean people)  Search this
Temne (African people)  Search this
Kuranko (African people)  Search this
Yalunka (African people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Black-and-white photographs
Photographic prints
Place:
Africa
Sierra Leone
Date:
circa 1990
Summary:
The collection contains 48 matted black and white photographs, measuring 11 x 14 inches, taken by photographer and art professor Vera Viditz-Ward. These prints comprised the exhibition Paramount Chiefs of Sierra Leone, which was on display at the National Museum of African Art from November 1990 through September 1991. The images consist of portraits of paramount chiefs in Sierra Leone and include ceremonial clothes and headcovers, jewelry, handheld objects, drums, staffs and ivory trumpets. Culture groups depicted include the Yalunka, Limba, Koranko, Kono, Kissi, Mende, Krim, Vai, Lokko and Temne peoples.
Biographical/Historical note:
Vera Viditz-Ward is a photographer and professor in the Art and Art History Department at Bloomsburg College. She received her BFA from the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford, CT and her MFA in Photography from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her photographic work explores the lives and experiences of West Africans both in their own countries and their experiences as immigrants in the United States. Her photographs have been published and exhibited in numerous solo shows both nationally and internationally. Professor Viditz-Ward has also conducted research in the history of photography. She has published several articles, written a chapter in a book and frequently presents lectures on the history of Black African photography. She is the recipient of several honors and awards including two Fulbright-Hayes Research Grants and a National Education Association Research Grant. Her photographs are in numerous collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art; the United States Department of State Art in Embassies permanent collection; and the National Museum of Sierra Leone.
General note:
Title provided by EEPA staff.
Related Archival Materials note:
The Warren Robbins Library at the National Museum of African Art holds a copy of Paramount Chiefs of Sierra Leone, an catalog from Viditz-Ward's exhibition of the same name, which ran at the National Museum of African Art from November 1990 to September 1991.
Separated Materials note:
The Warren Robbins Library at the National Museum of African Art holds a copy of Paramount Chiefs of Sierra Leone, an catalog from Viditz-Ward's exhibition of the same name, which ran at the National Museum of African Art from November 1990 to September 1991.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Drums  Search this
Trumpets  Search this
Staffs (Sticks, canes, etc.)  Search this
Hairdressing  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
headgear  Search this
Costume  Search this
Jewelry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Photographic prints
Citation:
Vera Viditz-Ward Photographs, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1992-021
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1992-021

Sling Shot

Collector:
Margaret Sullivan  Search this
Donor Name:
Margaret Sullivan  Search this
Height - Object:
9 cm
Width - Object:
174 cm
Diameter - Object:
2.5 cm
Culture:
Kono  Search this
Object Type:
Slingshot
Place:
Yekior, Kono District, Eastern Province, Sierra Leone, Africa
Accession Date:
8 Oct 1996
Collection Date:
1975 to 1976
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
409926
USNM Number:
E427456-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/331275c3c-b7f6-4a8c-be97-8b80eab69f80
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8460167

Basket

Collector:
Margaret Sullivan  Search this
Donor Name:
Margaret Sullivan  Search this
Height - Object:
28 cm
Diameter - Object:
40 cm
Culture:
Kono/Kuranko  Search this
Object Type:
Basket
Place:
Yekior, Kono District, Eastern Province, Sierra Leone, Africa
Accession Date:
8 Oct 1996
Collection Date:
1975 to 1976
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
409926
USNM Number:
E427454-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3afd6299a-5bfc-4ee6-9f9b-1171e004b575
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8460165

Basket

Collector:
Margaret Sullivan  Search this
Donor Name:
Margaret Sullivan  Search this
Height - Object:
22.5 cm
Diameter - Object:
55 cm
Culture:
Kono/Kuranko  Search this
Object Type:
Basket
Place:
Yekior, Kono District, Eastern Province, Sierra Leone, Africa
Accession Date:
8 Oct 1996
Collection Date:
1975 to 1976
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
409926
USNM Number:
E427453-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3f91c26ab-ab9c-4cbe-b308-06f942f8dd4e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8460164

Cloth

Collector:
Margaret Sullivan  Search this
Donor Name:
Margaret Sullivan  Search this
Length - Object:
3207 cm
Width - Object:
10 cm
Culture:
Kono/Kuranko  Search this
Object Type:
Cloth
Place:
Yekior, Kono District, Eastern Province, Sierra Leone, Africa
Accession Date:
8 Oct 1996
Collection Date:
1975 to 1976
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
409926
USNM Number:
E427452-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/364438637-82d4-4f8e-a70e-48111aa29e0b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8460163

Cap

Collector:
Margaret Sullivan  Search this
Donor Name:
Margaret Sullivan  Search this
Diameter - Object:
23.5 cm
Height - Object:
6 cm
Culture:
Kono  Search this
Object Type:
Cap
Place:
Yekior, Kono District, Eastern Province, Sierra Leone, Africa
Accession Date:
8 Oct 1996
Collection Date:
1975 to 1976
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
409926
USNM Number:
E427455-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/354095654-cebf-465d-b0bd-ddd174ee54fd
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8460166

Sling Shot

Collector:
Margaret Sullivan  Search this
Donor Name:
Margaret Sullivan  Search this
Height - Object:
8.5 cm
Width - Object:
176 cm
Diameter - Object:
2.5 cm
Culture:
Kono  Search this
Object Type:
Slingshot
Place:
Yekior, Kono District, Eastern Province, Sierra Leone, Africa
Accession Date:
8 Oct 1996
Collection Date:
1975 to 1976
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
409926
USNM Number:
E427457-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3eca46dc1-2670-4d0a-940c-dc0418084aaf
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8460168

Hat

Collector:
Margaret Sullivan  Search this
Donor Name:
Margaret Sullivan  Search this
Height - Object:
18 cm
Diameter - Object:
42 cm
Culture:
Kono  Search this
Object Type:
Hat
Place:
Bonthe (not certain) / Kono (not certain), Bonthe District (not certain), Southern Province (not certain), Sierra Leone, Africa
Accession Date:
8 Oct 1996
Collection Date:
1975 to 1976
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
409926
USNM Number:
E427458-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/318549a21-8699-4f9b-8e11-5c40ed2d1cd2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8460169

A brief history of Nimikoro chiefdom, Kono District / Sahr Matturi

Author:
Matturi, S. T  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Sierra Leone
Date:
1973
Topic:
Kono (Sierra Leonean people)--History  Search this
Chiefdoms  Search this
Ethnohistory  Search this
Call number:
DT470 .A258
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1108681

Mende influence on Kono / Arthur Abraham

Author:
Abraham, Arthur 1945-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Sierra Leone
Date:
1973
Topic:
Chiefdoms  Search this
Ethnohistory  Search this
Call number:
DT470 .A258
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1108682

The Kono people of Sierra Leone : their clans and names / E. Ralph Langley

Author:
Langley, E Ralph  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1932
Topic:
Names, Kono  Search this
Kono clans  Search this
Kono families  Search this
Kono (Sierra Leonean people)--Kinship  Search this
Call number:
DT1.A1 A258
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1108775

Some aspects of the status of women in Kono society / David M. Rosen

Author:
Rosen, David M  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Sande Society  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Sierra Leone
Date:
1971
Topic:
Women, Kono (Sierra Leone)--Cultural assimilation  Search this
Economic conditions  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Sexual division of labor  Search this
Diamond miners  Search this
Call number:
DT470 .A258
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1102609

Music of Sierra Leone [sound recording] : Kono Mende farmers' songs / recorded and annotated by Stuart Leigh

Commentator:
Leigh, Stuart  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Mende (African people)  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Music
Place:
Sierra Leone
Date:
1981
Topic:
Folk music  Search this
Kono (Sierra Leonean people)  Search this
Mende (African people)  Search this
Local number:
FW04330
Folkways 4330
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_232131
Online Media:

Aesthetics, "arts," and the cultural whole

Author:
Hardin, Kris L  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Physical description:
16 leaves : table
Type:
Books
Date:
1986
Topic:
Aesthetics, Kono  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
VF-- Art, Sierra Leone
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_749607

Nom, invocation, prière : transposition du problème général sur le terrain des recherches

Author:
Holas, B (Bohumil) 1909-1979  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Africa
Date:
1955
Topic:
Names, Personal  Search this
Kono cults  Search this
Call number:
QH3 .B936
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_753179

Dangerous women : 'ideology,' 'knowledge' and ritual among the Kono of eastern Sierra Leone

Author:
Rosen, David M  Search this
Physical description:
p. 151-163
Type:
Books
Place:
Sierra Leone
Date:
1981
Topic:
Women, Kono  Search this
Kono witchcraft  Search this
Economic conditions  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Sexual division of labor  Search this
Call number:
HX550.A56 D53X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_664738

Technological style and the making of culture : three Kono contexts of production

Author:
Hardin, Kris L  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Sierra Leone
Date:
1996
Topic:
Kono weaving  Search this
Pottery, Kono  Search this
Technological style  Search this
Sex role  Search this
Industries  Search this
Call number:
GN645 .A364 1996X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_505130

Representing Africa : whose story counts? / photographs by Michael Katakis

Author:
Hardin, Kris L  Search this
Katakis, Michael  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Sierra Leone
Date:
1993
Topic:
Photography in ethnology  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
Ethnographic fieldwork  Search this
Ethnographic fieldwork--Methodology  Search this
Call number:
GN1 .E96
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_509806

Alatangana : the Kono creation myth

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1958
Topic:
Mythology, Kono  Search this
Origin  Search this
Call number:
PL8000.A1 B628
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_516967

The politics of indirect rule : political leadership among the Kono of Sierra Leone, 1896-1983

Author:
Rosen, David M  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1984
Topic:
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
DT516.5 .B619 1983
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_557288

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