Guide to Carolyn Loring Anders film of Native Life in West Africa, circa 1928
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Anders, Carolyn Loring
circa 1928
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
Film reels
55 minutes
black-and-white silent; 1980 feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Footage shot in the Yoruba town of Ogbomosho, Nigeria. Mrs. Anders, who worked as the supervisor of native nurses in the local hospital, filmed various aspects of daily life including farming, weaving, pottery making, and food preparation. Footage includes scenes of masked dance ceremonies featuring different types of egungun (masked dances), the local chief of the town on his throne receiving obeisance from male subjects, and hospital patients with leprosy.
Legacy Keywords: Language and culture ; Carving wooden bowls Nigeria ; Food preparation mortar and pestle Nigeria ; Carrying loads on head Nigeria ; Musical instruments stringed Nigeria ; Hospitals British Nigeria ; Political authority chiefs retainers Nigeria ; Cooking Nigeria ; Plagues locusts Nigeria ; Masks dance egungun Nigeria ; Possession religious Nigeria ; Markets Nigeria ; House construction walls roofs Nigeria ; Prayer Muslims Nigeria ; Pottery making of Nigeria ; Shrines Yoruba Nigeria ; Kneading mortar and pestle Nigeria ; Cattle Brahmin Nigeria ; Games wari Nigeria ; Baptism immersion Nigeria ; Acculturation Christianity Nigeria ; Processions dance Nigeria ; Boy Scouts Nigeria ; Nurses Nigeria ; Disease leprosy Nigeria ; Hides leopard skins political authority Nigeria
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.

Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee
Custodial History
Previously titled "Native Life in West Africa ca. 1928."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from te San Diego Museum of Man in 1990.
Processing Information
Titles are supplied by the archivist for untitled films.

Local Number
Local Number
HSFA 1990.21.1

Digital Content

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Preferred Citation
Carolyn Loring Anders film of Native Life in West Africa, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Africa, West Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nigeria Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Niger River Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yoruba (African people) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Muslims Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
silent films Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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