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American Museum of Natural History.

Congo Expedition, 
May 1909-November 1915
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from the Africa South of the Sahara - Environmental History site: 

Man with snail head-coveringPhoto: Herbert Lang
Bangba, with a head covered with snails- used in dances. Niangara, Congo Belge, 1913, June.

The Mangabetu spent a great deal of time and energy enhancing their beauty with scars, jewelry, and hats.

"In 1909,...Herbert Lang and James Chapin set sail for the Belgian Congo....By the time they sailed home five and one-half years later, they had collected tons of precious zoological and anthropological specimens..." 

Contents:
an introductory, multimedia slide show.

diaries of James Chapin ("At age 19, in 1909, James Chapin left New York for northeastern Congo where he served as Herbert Lang's assistant for the next five years. Chapin was interested in many aspects of Africa's natural history. Birds, however, were his passion, a fact borne out by these diaries.")

biographies of James Paul Chapin and Herbert Lang, photographs (villages, primates), the watercolors of James Chapin including Congo mural paintings, birds, fish, reptiles, mammels,

excerpts from "African Reflections: Art from Northeastern Zaire," by Enid Schildkrout and Curtis A. Keim (AMNH and University of Washington Press, 1990) including their photographs of Congo musical instruments

excerpts from "King Leopold's Ghost" by Adam Hochschild (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998)

"160 publications including 120 American Museum of Natural History publications based on the material collected by the 1909-1915 Congo Expedition, 12 British Museum publications by Barry Bolton on Congo ants, 11 publications on African ants by the South African Museum and affiliated organizations, and 17 Congo-related World Conservation Union (IUCN) publications."

a central African map with layers. Select which features will appear on the map: lakes, cities, roads, railroads, forest, mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, etc., a map of Chapin and Lang's travels

historic maps reflecting the "development of European knowledge of African geography from 1562 through 1940." Reproduced with permission of the New York Public Library and the British Library.

audio (requires sound card, headset or speakers) and video clips of the Belgian Congo Records made by the "adventurer and filmmaker Armand Denis during his 1934-35 cross-Africa expedition. They were among the first recordings made of the sounds of the central Congo. The Babiara people, whose songs may be heard..... are one of the four main tribal groups who occupy the Ituri Forest." The video clip shows a traditional Mangbetu dance.

a database on specimens collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition

a bibliographic essay on sources by Paula Willey, specially prepared bibliographies on Congo Conservation (314 citations), Description & Travel (1218 citations), Maps & Atlases (220 citations).

Newspaper Headlines, 1880-1916 about the Congo from the New York Times and the New York Herald

read also on this site: The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
 
read and see more about the Congo expedition : http://diglib1.amnh.org/
 
Find more resources: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/art.html 
 

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