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Masked performer wearing vertical Chi wara headdress, Bougouni village, Mali, slide

Masked performer wearing vertical Chi wara headdress, Bougouni village, Mali, [slide]
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Elisofon, Eliot
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E 1 BMB 16 EE 70
Bamana (African people)
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
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"In the Bamana world, objects such the antelope headdresses always come in pairs -one male and one female- symbolizing the union of mythical half-animal, half-human beings that taught their ancestors to farm, and the productive union of men and women throughout time." [Wooten S., 2004: Where is my Mate? The Importance of Complementarity: A Bamana Headdress (Ciwara). See the Music, Hear the Dance, Prestel]. During his trip to Mali, Elisofon visited the village of Bougouni, in the Bamana region. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Repository Loc.
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, 950 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20560-0708
Data Source
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
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Eliot Elisofon Field photographs 1942-1972