Mother and child images in Africa
"FANTEE WOMAN."
FANTE PEOPLES, GHANA. MORE THAN ANY OTHER HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PRODUCT DEPICTING NON-WESTERN PEOPLES
AND PLACES, THE POSTCARD REFLECTS AND ENFORCES THE PREOCCUPATIONS OF ITS CREATORS AND VIEWERS.
ALTHOUGH THIS POSTCARD SEEMS INNOCENT AND LESS STEREOTYPICAL THAN OTHERS, THE POSE OF THE WOMAN AND THE
MONOCHROME BACKDROP ARE REMINISCENT OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL PHOTOGRAPHY OF PHYSICAL TYPES. IT THUS BELONGS
TO THE GENRE OF TAXONOMIC REPRESENTATIONS OF THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD
PHOTOGRAPH: W. S. JOHNSTON, CA 1900. "SANBRIDGE" POSTCARD COLLECTION, ELIOT ELISOFON ARCHIVES, NATIONAL
MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Yoruba mother with the memorial figures of her deceased child
From the book: Ibeji - The Cult of Yoruba Twins
Yoruba mother holding her twins
Town of Share, North Oyo
Photgraph by Deborah Stokes (1980)
From the book: Ibeji - The Cult of Yoruba Twins
Yoruba mother with the memorial figures of her deceased twins
Selia Alaka, town of Ikoyi, Ogbomoso.
Photgraph by Deborah Stokes (1980)
Mother and child
Bamun Kingdom, Cameroon
Princess Ngutane cradles her firstborn son, Amidou
Mounde, who was born in 1915
Photograph - Horniman Museum London
Noimoto, a Yoruba woman,
is using a plastic doll as an ere Ibeji
Photographed by Marilyn Houlberg,
Igbo-Ora, Nigeria, 1970
A Fante mother carrying her child in a
wrapper on her back.
Photograph by Doran H. Ross
Legu, Ghana, 1976
Mother (with similar raised hairstyle) and child.
Photo: A. M. Duggan-Cronin
From the book: Hairstyles and Headdresses
mother and child
Guguletu Township, South Africa, 2000
http://www.onthepage.org/outsiders/mother_and_child.htm
Photographer:  Alastair McNaughton - Australia
Photographer Notes:  A young Himba woman from Northern Namibia, Africa
nurtures a small child.
http://www.desertimages.com.au/art-prints/africa/mother-child.html
Young mother with child in Paarl, South Africa
http://www.holmbergphoto.com/southafrica.html
Young Masai mother and child
http://www.mastersimage.com/africa/africa.htm
Muris tribe, Omo River region, Ethiopia
http://www.jmiglavs.com/myth/pages/mursi.htm
Additional images coming soon...
SOUTH AFRICA. Basutoland.
Basuto mother and child from the highlands. 1947.

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