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CENTRAL AFRICA

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Watussi Dancers, Nyanza, Ruanda-Urundi (now Rwanda), Africa, 1937

CENTRAL AFRICA

In his last major multi-national exploration in 1937-1938, Hoppé visited Central Africa. Here more than anywhere else he was able to demonstrate the encroachment of modern culture in photographs. Traditional clothing and western fashions were seen existing side-by-side.  A tribal chief in robes was seen chatting on a telephone. Dancers were seen dressed in local clothing and American cowboy gear. Children look with a guarded curiosity into an automobile window. Women were seen opening a new dress factory specializing in current Western fashion looks, while hunters still demonstrated ancient techniques wearing decoy bird figures on their heads. The contrasts were dazzling.

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