[Senegal, Futa Toro and Dakar, Fulahs, 1968-1969] / collected by David Robinson.

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These tapes examine mainly the 19th century history of the Futa Toro. The recordings include more formal traditions, as in discussions with members of the hereditary classes of historians (awlube, ma bube, and wambabe) and more formal memoirs, as in interviews with members of the noble clases (to rodbr, sebbe, jawambe, subalbe).  Descriptive information presented here may come from original collection documentation. Please note collections of historical content may contain material that could be offensive to some patrons. As of April 27, 2022, the following original tapes in this collection have not yet been digitized and will be added to this record at that time: EC 3862, EC 3863, and OT 1863. 
Robinson, David Wallace, 1938-; Indiana University, Bloomington. Archives of Traditional Music.
Fula (African people); History; Tukulor (African people); Social life and customs; Politics and culture; Oral history; M.S.37; M.S.27
Archives of Traditional Music Field and Broadcast Collections
Archives of Traditional Music
Fula; French; Wolof; Mandingo; Arabic
Physical Description
83 sound cassettes : analog, mono. ; + 9 sound tape reels (3 3/4 ips, half track, mono.; 5 in., 7 in.)
Oral history of the Futa Toro; Senegal.
Primarily in Pular (90%); some in French, Wolof, Sarakolle and Arabic.
Accompanied by an off-print of "Deux fonds d'histoire orale sur le Fouta Toro" by James Johnson and David Robinson from the Bulletin de l'I.F.A.N., T. XXXI, ser. B, no.1, 1969, which introduces and indexes the first 2/3 of the collection, and by text transcriptions in French.
Deposited by Robinson at the Archives of Traditional Music in 1969 under option 1.
See also Robinson's thesis:  Abdul Bakar Kan and the history of Futa Toro, 1853 to 1891 (Columbia University, 1971).

Local Note

OT 1835--1841 (reels), OT 1842--1924 (cassettes); EC 3862-- 3863 (copies of returned OT); EC 3871--3953 (copies of cassettes)


Various named native informants interviewed by Robinson through interpreter.

Statement of Responsibility

collected by David Robinson.

Venue/Event Date

Recorded by Robinson in Senegal, primarily in Futa Toro and Dakar, in 1968 and 1969.
Other Identifiers
Catalog Key: 2065104; OCLC: ocm19658729; Catalog Key: BFJ0608BT; Collection Identifier: 70-094-F ATL 14218--14226; 14257--14276

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