Different time. Different place.
Different culture. That is what makes the people here so fascinating. These
rich and beautiful photos of people from northeast Nigeria invite you into
their world. They give you a glimpse of life far from the western technology of
the twenty-first century.
They lived without modern
amenities. They worked without electricity or machines common in the developed
world now, or even in their time. Connected to the land and its resources, they
used simple tools and natural materials. In the pattern of their ancestors,
their lives focused on family and social relationships.
In this book you will see the process
of body marking, discover how brass casting is done, and see the faces of
people you’d probably enjoy meeting. Looking at these photos, imagine who these
people are; imagine what living with them would be like; imagine how their
lives are different and yet similar to your own. What do they say to you?
For twelve years, author Gerald A.
Neher and contributing author Lois R. Neher lived and worked among the Nigerian
people appearing in this book. Gerald was a trained agriculturalist and
anthropologist, having studied at McPherson College, Cornell University, Kansas
University, and Southern Illinois University. He was a keen observer of life in
other cultures. Lois graduated from McPherson College with a B.A. in education
and has taught in both the United States and Nigeria.