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G 2 YRB 23.1 EE 71
EEPA EECL 6488
Yoruba (African people)
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
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"In southern Nigeria, among the Yoruba, where women's headties are considered a key element in formal dress ensembles, the practice of wrapping and decorating the heads relates to critical Yoruba beliefs about the sacredness of the head and its role in defining aspects of personhood." [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.
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