Peoples & Societies


The Adamawa-speaking Cham peoples of northeastern Nigeria inhabit the southern region of the Gongola River Valley. Agriculture and small-scale herding as well as hunting sustain the Cham. Best known for the terracotta vessels that are used to invoke spirits in divination and healing rituals, Cham artists also work in iron and brass, decorate gourds, and create architectural decoration.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 300.

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