Village Scene, Apingi, Western Equatorial Africa, 1850s

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Image Reference

Paul B. Du Chaillu, Explorations & adventures in equatorial Africa (London, 1861), facing p. 450. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Caption, "An Apingi Village." Shows rectangular thatched-roof houses lined up on each side of a wide clearing or avenue. According to the author, houses are made of “bark” and “large leaves” cover the roofs. “There is generally one larger house in the village, which belongs to the chief “ (p. 502). A group in the foreground is under a thatched, open-walled structure with a burning fire; it is uncertain what this depicts. The author travelled through western equatorial Africa in 1856-59. See also UVA03 for a similar village layout in the same broad cultural region.