Smoking and Drinking
By Victoria Rovine
University of Florida (formerly University of Iowa)
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.