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Mangbetu woman pounds manioc leaves, Medje village, Congo (Democratic Republic). [slide]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.

During his trip to Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo), Elisofon visited the Mangbetu people living in Medje village, southwest of Isiro. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for National Geographic and traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.

Gwari women carrying firewood in basket, near Kaduna, Nigeria, [slide]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.

Gwari women carrying huge loads of wood to be sold at the market in Kaduna, Nigeria. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and traveled to Africa from August 18, 1959 to December 20, 1959.

Women selling potteries at the market, Mopti, Mali, [slide]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.

The Mopti region constitutes most of the Niger River inland delta; inhabited by the Dogon, Fulani (Fulbe), Bambara (Bamana), Bwa & Bozo peoples. The town of Mopti is situated at the junction of the Bani & Niger rivers; began as a small fishing village; grew to be the national center for the livestock & fishing industries; town comprises three islands; has one of the highest population densities in Mali. [The J. P. Getty Fund: Art and Architecture Thesaurus]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for National Geographic and traveled to Africa from January 19, 1972 to mid April 1972.

Bridge over Inkisi River, near Mbanza-Ngungu, Congo (Democratic Republic), [slide]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.

This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.

Catfish on deck of Congo River steamer Colonel Ebeya, near Kisangani, Congo (Democratic Republic), [slide]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.

During his trip to Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo), Elisofon took the Congo River steamer Colonel Ebeya at Kisangani en route to Mbandaka. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for National Geographic and traveled to Africa from January 19, 1972 to mid April 1972.

Centropogon erianthus

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Centropogon curvatus Gleason

NMNH - Botany Dept.

unpublished name

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Elisofon's driver at Virunga Natl. park, near Semliki River, Congo (Democratic Republic), [negative]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Title source: Index card based on photographer's notes.

During his trip to Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo), Elisofon visited the Virunga game park, in Eastern Congo north of Lake Kivu. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17,1970.

Tuareg man wearing turban and face veil, Chadawanka village, Niger, [negative]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Title source: Index card based on photographer's notes.

The photograph depicts Tuareg man wearing turban and face veil (tagelmust) made of indigo-dyed cloth. "While men's face veiling and women's headscarves fulfill Islamic requirements of modesty, they are also symbols of the Tuareg cultural value of reserve. These headdresses are directly linked to concepts of the person and to changes in an individual's status throughout his or her life (Rasmussen 1992: 101)." [Arnoldi M., 1995: Wrapping the Head, Crowning Achievements, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History]. 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.

Musicians accompanying Egungun masquerader, Ede, Nigeria, [negative]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Title source: Index card based on photographer's notes.

"Throughout the Oyo Yoruba area annual or biennal festivals for the ancestors, called Odun Egungun, are held in every community. They consist of a series of rituals performed over several weeks within the compounds of the lineages that compose a town, as well as public rites at the ighale (the forest of the egungun), in the marketplace, and at the front of the palace. It is during Odun Egungun and on the occasion of commemorative funeral rites for the deceased that the living dead appear and are honored through the mediation of masquerades, or egungun, meaning 'powers concealed"." [Drewal H. J., Pemberton J., Rowland Abiodun, 1989: Yoruba. Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought, Harry N. Abrams Inc.]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.

Dan acrobatic dancer, Man region, Ivory Coast, [negative]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Title source: Index card based on photographer's notes.

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.
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