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An Igbo shrine with its priest and it’s slave in Orsu, West Isuama Igbo. 1930s

This photograph, captured by G. I. Jones in the 1930s, showcases a central figure in Igbo belief systems – the Alusi shrine with its priest seated and it’s slave standing behind the figure. These sacred figures, traditionally crafted from wood, mud, or a combination of both, served as a powerful link between the physical world and the spirit realm.
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An Igbo elder from Öka (Awka) with "wooden head dress, set with pearl buttons" (isi ojongo). From the photo album of Northcote Thomas, photographed c. 1910-11. MAA Cambridge

An Igbo elder from Awka with wooden head dress, set with pearl buttons, c. 1910-11

Over a century ago, British anthropologist Northcote Whitridge Thomas captured this iconic image—an Igbo elder from Awka adorned in a wooden head dress, set with pearl buttons, and seated on an oche mpata. This photograph provides a unique glimpse into the cultural and social heritage of the Igbo people, particularly focusing on the esteemed position of women in Igbo society.
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Igbo houses decorated with paintings and carvings. Early 20th century

Step back in time with us. Imagine yourself venturing through the heartland of the Igbo people. As you meander through villages bathed in warm sunlight, a captivating sight catches your eye: a house unlike any you’ve ever seen before. Unlike the plain, utilitarian structures you might be accustomed to, this…

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