Hector Acebes photographs of African and South American peoples, 1949-1960

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.94-28
Creators:
Acebes, Hector
Dates:
1949-1960
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
2 copy prints
153 Prints
silver gelatin
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs made on Hector Acebes's expeditions in Africa and South America, mostly during the 1950s. Many of the images document people and markets in Africa (1949 and 1953), including Kikuyu, Masai, Mangbetu, Fulani, and Bassari peoples. There are also photographs made in the French Sudan, Guinea, Togo, Dahomey, Cameroon, the Congo Republic, Ruanda, Kenya, and Tanganyika. These prints were made for an exhibit.
Other sets include images of Jivaro, January, 1950; the Vaupés River and nearby tribes, September, 1950; a journey up the Orinoco to the Guaica, February, 1951; Arhuaco Indians, 1958; and Yuco Indians, 1960. Many photographs depict scenery and dwellings or are portraits (some show body and face paint). There are also images of fishing and hunting (Guaica); musical pipes (Guaica), a bridge, weaving, and bows and arrows (Arhuaco). Some photographs depict expedition members, including Acebes. The collection also includes photographs of the cover of Acebes' Orinoco Adventure, 1954, and coverage of his expeditions in Look, April 8, 1952, and Time (Latin American edition), December 24, 1951.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Hector Acebes was born in 1921 in New York City and raised in Madrid and Bogota. While in college at the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology, he operated his own photo studio. After graduating from MIT in 1947 with a degree in mechanical engineering, he moved back to Bogota. Throughout the late 1940s and the 1950s, Acebes undertook expeditions in Africa and South America and started to work as a professional filmmaker and lecturer. Acebes wrote, filmed, directed, and edited each of the forty-three films his production company, Acebes Productions, released.

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 94-28

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use note
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Preferred Citation note
Photo lot 94-28, Hector Acebes photographs of African and South American peoples, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Addl. KW Subj
Addl. KW Subj
Fulani
Jivaro
Guaica
Yukpa

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Uaica photographs collected by Acebes held in the National Anthropological Archives in MS 4389.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Donated by Hector Acebes, 1994.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Shuar Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arhuaco Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Acawai Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yanomamo Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yupa Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Uaupés River (Colombia and Brazil) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Orinoco River (Venezuela and Colombia) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mali Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Guinea Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Togo Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Benin Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cameroon Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Congo (Democratic Republic) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rwanda Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tanzania Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kenya Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bassari (Senegalese and Guinean people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fulbe (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mangbetu (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kikuyu (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Maasai (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
naa@si.edu
http://www.anthropology.si.edu/naa/