The Mississippi’s course throughout history
Traditional Nigerian occupations captured by documentary photographer Muyiwa Osifuye.
Cloth Weaving: Nigeria is famous for the numerous types of fabric which were traditionally woven by hand, but today modern technology has taken over. Fabrics include the famous “Aso oke”, traditionally worn by royalty but nowadays for special occasions, “Adire” or tie and dye and “Ankara” among the Yoruba and “George” among the Igbo.
Pottery: Among the Yoruba, potters were traditionally women, but in the north they were men. Traditional pots were made for ritual purposes, water vessels and cooking.
Palm Wine Tapping: Wine tapping is another occupation from the past which still continues today. The female or red Abe (Oil palm tree) is used for palm kernels from which you get palm oil used in cooking, manufacture of margarine and soap. The sap of the male or white Abe is used to make Palm wine, which is a popular traditional beer all over West Africa.
Wood Carving: Wood carvers traditionally built shrines which are used to worship traditional gods and lots of their work centered around masks and figures in this regard. However, they also make lots of figure ornaments and carvings of people and animals.
Bronze and Metal Casting: Ife and Benin are famous all over the world for their bronze and metal carvings. Traditionally a lot of these elaborate masks and carvings were made to decorate the royal palaces, or for use in ceremonial occasions and traditional shrines. Sadly a lot of these national heirlooms are now housed in museums or private collections around the world.
These are really pretty, and I love how some of these photos have younger ones in them, learning the craft and all.
But really “ankara” among the Yoruba? Ankara is not woven, it’s printed. Basically it should not have been on this list.
Meanwhile in Canada
i find it hilarious how this has gotten 10,000 notes here on tumblr because to me (and most people from montreal) this is an every day occurrence and I often wake up to this outside my window and it amazes me in no way whatsoever
My jaw is STILL hanging on the floor and I’m from the north of the US.