Text for this website was prepared by Dr. Sandra T. Barnes, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania.
the photo captions: Any
text with quotation marks around it was written by H. U. Hall, who spent
seven months conducting research among the Sherbro-speaking peoples of
the southwestern, coastal areas of Sierra Leone in 1936 and 1937. The
spellings and names of chiefdoms and districts used by Hall may be different
today: Some of the spellings have been updated to conform to recent orthographic
conventions; where possible, both old and new spellings are provided.
Also, some villages and towns, identified by Hall as being under the jurisdiction
of certain chiefdoms or districts, were later placed under different administrative
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