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Entrance to the Poro Forest

Poro

Things that cannot be known have a big attraction. No wonder that Paul Julien, as many other researchers, was fascinated by the secret societies in Liberia in particular and West Africa in general. What follows are fragments of an article in a Belgian magazine and a radio talk written after his travel through Liberia in 1932 and should not be read as necessarily factual, but as an account of what was available to Julien as a visitor to Liberia at the time.


In Suakoko

A Visit to Queen Suakoko

While nobody I spoke to in Liberia had heard of Prof. Logemoh, who we saw last week, everybody seemed to have heard of Madame Suakoko, the female chief and warrior. Paul Julien was invited to visit while passing by:


The route Paul Julien followed roughtly sketched for his Dutch audience

Leaving the Catholic mission, Moses the cook and porters

Rice porters

Bassa boys on the side of the road between Monrovia and Kakata

Dutch Photographer: On the road

Paul Julien (1901-2001) was an anthropologist from the Netherlands who traveled through Liberia in 1932. Andrea Stultiens (1974) is a photographer and researcher from the Netherlands. As part of her PhD-research she tries to connect the past that was documented by Paul Julien to the past as remembered in Liberia and the way it is connected to the present. Julien’s photographs are part of the collection of the Netherlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam.


Madam Suah Koko

‘Do Not Take History for Granted,’ USAID Director Urges Liberians

The Mission Director of United States Agency for International Development (USAID), John Mark Winfield, has urged patriotic citizens and educated people in Liberia not to take their own history for granted.

Speaking at the Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA), on the first Exhibition of 2014 under the theme: A Window Connecting Liberia’s Past through Partnership, Mr. Winfield said people need to take advantage of historical experiences for Liberia and the world.


Foreground Pres. Roberts’ Monument, background current National Museum, seen from Ashmunstreet

Architecture on Broad, Ashmun Streets

Paul Julien (1901-2001) was an anthropologist from the Netherlands who traveled through Liberia in 1932. Andrea Stultiens (1974) is a photographer and researcher from the Netherlands. She tries to connect the past that was documented by Paul Julien to the past as remembered in Liberia and the way it is connected to the present. Julien’s photographs are part of the collection of the Netherlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam.

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