Smoking and Drinking

By Victoria Rovine
University of Florida (formerly University of Iowa)

Dan peoples, Liberia. Woman with wunkirmian. February, 1986. Photo by William Siegmann.

Elegantly carved ladles called wunkirmian (“feast spoon”) or mewuoshlümia (“person-faced wooden spoon”) are occasionally used to distribute food at large public feasts, though they serve primarily as symbols of a woman's respected position in her community. This Dan woman holds her own spoon as a portrait. She was photographed by William Siegmann in the town of Nyor Butuo in Liberia in 1986.