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keywords: west africa, slaves, slavery, colonial america

Synopsis: Using staged scenes to depict the history of the Yoruba people of West Africa as they are enslaved and bound for Colonial America with scenes of Yoruba culture while in West Africa, enslaved blacks in leg irons and chains, the horrific conditions inside a slave ship, slaves listening to the griot in secret, two pursued slaves fleeing to the North and more...(read more)

  • Date: Colonial Times
  • Duration: 00:15:27
  • Sound: Yes
  • Color: Color
  • Type: Public Domain
  • Language: English
  • Location: United States

Black Contribution - Origins

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Black Contribution - Origins

This film uses staged scenes and footage to trace the history of the Yoruba people of West Africa and their journey into slavery in Colonial America.

Shows the dress, jewelry, baskets, pottery, and musical instruments of the Yoruba culture in West Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. The traveling Yoruba storyteller or Keeper of Records at this Yoruba wedding ceremony warned the people of a coming danger, slavery.

Blacks in leg irons and chains shuffle along. Shows captured Blacks chained in hold of slave ship. Slaves at work in field. Blacksmith at work. Shows slaves attending a secret meeting to listen to the griot or storyteller. Shows a slave wedding ceremony performed by the griot or storyteller. People from the North secretly distributing papers and documents such as David Walker's Appeal, a radical anti-slavery document.

Shows two slaves fleeing to the North, sounds of barking dog. Firing of cannons depict start of the Civil War and the end of slavery in America.

Shot List:


Video clips Yoruba art


Video Footage of Benjamin Hooks, NAACP


Video Footage of George Stanford Brown


LS captured Blacks in leg irons and chains being led to slave ship


Shows arrival of the griot or storyteller


Blacks in leg irons and chains


Video clip of Blacks in hold of slave ship


Slaves at work in field


Blacksmith at work


Slaves at secret meeting listening to storyteller


Two Slaves fleeing to the North