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Wasserträgerin, Schwiegertocher des Häuptlings v. Babungo
Woman collecting water. She is a daughter-in-law of the Chief of Babungo
Wuhrmann, Anna (Ms)
Date Created and/or Issued
Publication Information
University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
University of Southern California Digital Library
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
Rights Information
All the images (photographic and non-photographic) made available in this collection are the property of the Basel Mission and are managed by mission 21. mission 21 / Basel Mission claim copyright on the images in their possession and require those publishing any of the images--both individuals and organisations--to pay a user's/copyright fee.
Contact the Archives of mission21 at address mentioned or at
mission21, Missionsstrasse 21, CH-4003 Basel, Switzerland, tel. (+41 61 260 22 42), fax (+4161 260 22 68)
Annotation translation: "Grassfields, near Bagam [sic]."
Annotation: "Grasland, b. Bagam."
Note: "Aufnahme entstand an der Missionsquelle in Fumban." (Ch. M. Geary, E-30-0,7 und E-30-0,8). - "Wasserträgerin. Elisabeth Jagoo, ein Babungokind, war 3 Jahre lang mein liebes Hausmädchen. Ihr Bräutigam, ein Häuptlingssohn aus Babungo, ist Lehrer in seiner Vaterstadt. Er bat mich, seine zukünftige Frau zu mir zu nehmen, damit sie etwas lerne von europäischer Arbeit und europäischer Ordnung. Elisabeth hat jede Arbeit gerne und willig getan und mit wunderbarer Exaktheit ausgeführt. Jeden Tag musste sie an der tiefgelegenen Quelle für ihre 'weisse Mutter' auch das nötige Wasser holen. Das ist zwar eine schwere Arbeit, denn die Wege zu den Wasserstellen sind gewöhnlich schlecht und weit. Aber die kleinen Negermädchen müssen diese Arbeit bald tun, und kaum können die Kinder recht gehen, so begleiten sie ihre Mutter zum Wasser und wollen recht blad auch ihre kleinen Kürbisflaschen voll Wasser hin ins elterliche Gehöfte tragen." (Wuhrmann, A., 1917. Beschreibung zu den Lichtbildern aus Bamum. E-30-0,6).
Note translation: "The photograph was taken at the Mission's well in Fumban." (C. M. Geary, E-30-0,7 and E-30-0,8). - "Elizabeth Jagoo, a child from Babungo, was my much loved house-maid for three years. Her future husband, a chief's son from Babungo, is teacher in his ancestral town. He asked me to take his future wife so that she can learn something about European work and European order. Elizabeth did all the work she was asked to do willingly and with a wonderful ability to do exactly what was required. Every day she had to go down to the well to fetch the necessary water for her "white mother". That is hard work, because the paths to the well are usually in bad condition, and it is a long way. But small African girls have to do this work very early on - they can scarcely walk when they begin to go with their mother to fetch water, and very soon they, too, are carrying a little calabasdh bottle of water to their parents' compound." (A. Wurhrmann, 1917, Commentaries on the Slides from Bamum, E-30-0,6).
b/w positive, paper print, collodion
8.0 x 11.2 cm.
impa-m28523 [Legacy record ID]
Carrier f
Domestic scene
Mission station
Water supply
Time Period
E-30.27.041 [Reference number]
QE-30.006.0038 [Same image reference number]
Cameroon. Grasslands. Bali. Bamileke (Baboni). 1. Lel festival, and other festivals. 2. The Bali settlement. 3. Portraits of people in Bali. 4. Weaving. 5. Bafut, Babungo, Kom, Bamenda, 6. Bali outstations, 7. Bamileke region, Baboni, Bangwa, and
Historical Photographs from the Basel Mission
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
impa-m15099; impa-m17102
mission 21 / Basel Mission

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