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Mr. Huet first visited Africa at the end of the Second World War, and has returned many times to photograph what remains of traditional ceremonies. These are rapidly vanishing; in one instance he had to bribe a village to re-create paraphernalia that had been thrown away. His photographs are splendid, delighting the eye with brilliant color and magnificent masks. The text, by Claude Savary, the president of the Swiss Society of African Studies, is an ethnographer's dry once-over-lightly, seldom telling what an unprofessional viewer would like to know--such as why the Samo cover themselves with cowrie shells so completely that they suggest London pearlies, where those shells come from, and who controls what must be an extensive trade in them.

The Atlantic Monthly; July 1996; Brief Reviews; Volume 278, No. 1; pages 109-110.

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