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Nigerian dancers Felix and Augustine Omeden with their apprentices

Nigerian dancers Felix and Augustine Omeden with their apprentices

33 color slides, plus one proof sheet with 23 black and white images (plus negatives), and one black and white print. Images the Omeben brothers teaching prentices Campbell and Baki traditional Nigerian dances, which included fire and glass eating. Apprentices Campbell and Baki were funded to learn Nigerain dances (asolo and igbabolelekhen) as well as glass and fire eating, creating the costumes, and the dance's cultural background. At the time, the Omebens had lived in Miami for ten years. The dances they taught date back over a thousand years, were performed only by males who created their own costumes, and served as a religious declaration and rite of passage. For more information on Omdedens, Baki, and Campbell, see S 1644, box 11, folder 33. The Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program began in 1983 with a NEA grant of $22,000. The program provided an opportunity for master folk artists to share technical skills and cultural knowledge with apprentices in order to keep the tradition alive. Apprentices must have had some experience in the tradition and agreed to train for at least six months. The first project director was Blanton Owen, later replaced by folklorist Peter Roller. The program was continued each year through 2004.
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African Americans
Arts, Nigerian
Nigerian Americans
Body movement
Arts, African
Fire eating
Religious rites
Religious symbolism
Drummers (Musicians)
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