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Zappo Zap woman at Ibanshe, Kasai

Young Aruwimi chief

Women on San Thomé

Woman of Waka

Witch doctor at Bopoto, upper Congo

Witch at Euli, Ikelemba

Twins fetish at Bopoto, upper Congo

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Tropenmuseum of World Cultures

The Tropenmuseum of World Cultures (direct translation; Museum of the Tropics) is an ethnographic museum, founded in 1864. Housed in one of the 'most impressive buildings in Amsterdam', the museum features eight permanent exhibitions and a series of temporary exhibitions. The key theme of the museum is people, with all of the exhibitions making use of the museum's vast collections of over 150,000 objects, paintings and photographs, to showcase universal human themes, including celebration, mourning and conflict.

In the 'Afterlives of Slavery' exhibition, visitors are confronted with the legacies of slavery and colonialism in contemporary Dutch society. Developed in collaboration with scientists, artists and activists, the exhibition tells the history of slavery with the experiences of the enslaved, and their descendants, at its heart. Video portraits provide the perspectives of four key figures in the contemporary debates about colonial legacies for Dutch black people.

The key link between past and present here is the continuation of inequality and prejudice. Collections, both historic and contemporary, highlight this, as well as illustrating how times have changed. These include testamonies of enslaved people, books, portraits, 'relics of slavery' and examples of African art.

Trees uprooted and planted upside down as memorials to the dead. Custom of Bakete, Kasai District

The blind chief of Ndeki, Bangala territory

Style of hairdressing, Eloby Island

Palm oil light in ruined church, San Thomé, said to have been burning for centuries. Bottles of oil for fuel are gifts of the people

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Ngombe of Bopoto, upper Congo

Ngombe native asleep, upper Congo

Ngombe man of Boputo, upper Congo

Ngombe chief and his followers, upper Congo

Natives of Nsongo Mboyo, upper Congo

Natives of Bomati dancing on receipt of news that rubber tax was at an end

Natives bathing in stream on Principe Island