Illinois Wesleyan University Swahili Expressive Arts Collection (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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Uta Dance Circle
Uta Dance Circle
TitleUta Dance Circle
SubjectSwahili Dance
Religious Life and Customs
Maulidi
Lamu, Kenya, Africa
20th century
DescriptionAmong the dances performed on the grounds of the Riyadha Mosque during the Maulidi ceremony is one that is now only performed for this occasion known as uta, a rain-making dance that was known to have been performed by slaves who worked as coconut tree tappers known as wagema.
CreatorRebecca Gearhart, Ph.D., Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois Wesleyan University, rgearhar@iwu.edu
Collection NameSwahili Expressive Arts Collection (Illinois Wesleyan University)
RightsRebecca Gearhart, Ph.D., Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois Wesleyan University retains the rights to this material. Permission to reproduce these images must be granted by Professor Gearhart. Please contact her at rgearhar@iwu.edu for more information.
Date.Original1995
Date.Digital2007
Format.Original35 mm photograph
Format.Digital.jpg
Type.OriginalEvent
Type.Digitalimage
Digitization SpecsScanned using [scanner type] with [software]
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