Mambila man dressed up in his annual dance costume. It is a little unusual because he has a feathered hair ornament and he carried the hippopotamus whip. The whip is rather heavy; if he hit someone with it he would knock him or her to the ground. Nigeria, Adamawa Province.
A type of hairdo that the Mambila are known for, this one is interesting because you will note that peanuts, red wool yarn, and buttons have been tied in. Nigeria, Adamawa Province.
Mbeykuli making the bird or fish net that is in the MPM collection. Nigeria, Adamawa Province.
Mambila man making cotton thread.
This woman is participating in some of the activities of the male, in fact her status is male. By this I mean that her father had no sons and therefore he had to pass on all his special knowledge to one of his daughters and she will pass this knowledge on to her sons. Nigeria, Adamawa Province.
Mbeykuli making cotton thread. Nigeria, Adamawa Province.
Mambila men dancing during ceremony. Nigeria, Adamawa Province.
Three Mambila drummers during a ceremony. The drum on the left is a deep base male. The center drum is the neuter, neither male or female, and the drum on the right is made out of a tube and is the high or female drum. All drum tops are made from the skins of goats or antelope. Note the rattles used, some of these are in the collection. Nigeria, Adamawa Province.
This is the blacksmith who lives at Char, one of the subdivisions of Warwar. He has his small bag on his left shoulder. In it he has a little duiker horn (type of antelope) filled with medicine hanging around his neck. The cap he is wearing is a cap that is becoming very common now in Mambila. Traders sell these hats for a few cents. Nigeria, Adamawa Province, Warwar.
Six Mambila men working in a farm. Two types of shovels shown, one type sold in market, and the smaller one made by the Mambila blacksmith. Nigeria, Adamawa Province.