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Masked dancers during a Gelede performance, Meko, Nigeria, negative

Masked dancers during a Gelede performance, Meko, Nigeria, [negative]
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Elisofon, Eliot
Black-and-white negatives
Physical Description
photographic negative b&w; 35mm
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Local number
EENG-II-19a, 26
Yoruba (African people)
Title source: Index card based on photographer's notes.
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"A typical Gelede performance has two phases, a night concert and an afternoon dance session. In the afternoon sessions, colorfully attired performers entertain the public with intricate dances. The headdresses are usually danced in pairs, jingling their metal anklets (aro) to rhyme with the drum beats. Although it performs in a variety of social and religious contexts, the ultimate goal of the Gelede performance is to promote peace and happiness on earth." [Lawal B., 2004: The World is Fragile... Life Should Not Be Lived with Force: a Yoruba Headdress (Igi Gelede Onijakadi), See the Music, Hear the Dance, Prestel]. 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, DC 20560-0708
Data Source
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
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