Images Of Congo

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Images of Congo brings to light New York artist Anne Eisner who lived in the former Belgian Congo during the 1940s and 1950s. Her passion for maverick field anthropologist Patrick Putnam brought her to the place he founded Camp Putnam at the edge of the Ituri forest. Her commitment to the people there caused her to stay nine years. An eccentric in the colonial context, she spent extended periods of time in pygmy camps, transcribing legends, writing ethnographic notes and bringing up three orphaned pygmy babies. After Putnam destroyed almost everything he had built before he died in 1953, Eisner salvaged the camp, now named Epulu, and published a ghostwritten autobiography that both described and distorted her experiences in the forest.


Edited by Christie McDonald, Smith professor of French Language and Literature and Chair, Christraud M. Geary, curator of African and Oceanic Art, Suzanne Preston Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Chair of Fine Arts and of African and Afro-American Studies, Harvard University, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Abiola Irele, visiting professor in the Departments of the African and Afro-American studies and Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University Enid Schildkrout, Chair, Division of Anthropology, American museum of Natural History,New York Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Gordon Watts professor of Music and a member of the African and Afro-American studies Department, Harvard University Rosanna Warren, Emma Maclachlan Metcalf professor of the Humanities, University professor, and professor of English and Modern Foreign Languages, Boston University

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