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Native hairdressing and headbinding, Bangala District, upper Congo

Mushamalengi, son of Lukenga, King of the Bakuba, set aside according to native custom in favour of the son of the eldest sister

Mother and child of Mongo tribe, upper Congo

Mongo woman of Bokeri, Lopori – Maringa District. Upper Congo

Modern fetish house, near Accra, Gold Coast

Man smoking pipe made of calabash. Kasai River

Long Beard touching the ground. The pride of the Congo chief

Kasai woman

Hunting fetish in village behind Bopoto. Upper Congo

Hunting fetish at bashishombe, Kasai District

Head-binding of infant, Bangala district. Upper Congo

Group of native musicians, Juapa River, upper Congo

Group of native musicians sitting on banks of Juapa River. Wash Jack in foreground washing in customary native fashion

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Group of African Women

Unknown. Group of African women.This image formed part of the Harris Lantern Slide Collection. Under King Leopold II the Congo Free State used mass forced labour to extract rubber from the jungle for the European market. As consumer demand grew King Leopold II's private army - the Force Publique - used violent means to coerce the population into meeting quotas, including murder, mutilation, rape, village burning, starvation and hostage taking. Alice Seeley Harris and her husband Reverend John H. Harris were missionaries in the Congo Free State from the late 1890s. Alice produced a collection of images documenting the horrific abuses of the African rubber labourers. Her photographs are considered to be an important development in the history of humanitarian campaigning. The images were used in a number of publications. The Harrises also used the photographs to develop the Congo Atrocity Lantern Lecture which toured Britain and the the USA raising awareness of the issue of colonial abuses under King Leopold II's regime. Source: Antislavery International

Fishing baskets, Lagos Lagoon

Fetish in village near Luebo, upper Kasai

Fetish house, or wayside chapel, containing crucifix, S[an] Thomé

Elephantiasis in knee, Kasai District

Dancing woman at Ekala, upper Congo

Congo [photograph of a village, caption incomplete]