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A Niam-niam girl

A Niam-niam girl.jpg Lady in house-robe. Period, 1816ThumbnailsWoman writing letters at cluttered Victorian deskLady in house-robe. Period, 1816ThumbnailsWoman writing letters at cluttered Victorian deskLady in house-robe. Period, 1816ThumbnailsWoman writing letters at cluttered Victorian desk

The social position of the Niam-niam women differ materially from what is found amongst other negroes in Africa. The Bongo and Mittoo women are on the same familiar terms with the foreigner as the men, and the Monbuttoo ladies are as forward , inquisitive and prying as can be imagined; but the women of the Niam-niam treat every stranger with marked reserve. Whenever I met any women coming along a narrow pathway in the woods or on the steppe, I noticed that they always made a wide circuit to avoid me, and returned into the path further on; and many a time I saw them waiting at a distance with averted face until I had passed by.

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The Heart of Africa Vol I
By Dr. Georg Schweinfurth
Published in 1874
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