Ukara cloth

Ukara cloth
Ukara cloth detail, Etara community, Cross River State, Nigeria

Monday 20 July 2015

Cross River Monoliths: Nigeria's Stonehenge

Research reports from our surveys of the monolith sites in the Upper Cross River, January-March 2015. By Dr. Ivor Miller and Dr. Abu Edet, Department of History and International Studies, University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.

Alok Open Air Museum (National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria).
 I. Miller photo

Community children around the painted carved monolith that represents the Cross River State Tourism Bureau. Their bodies are painted and clothed for the procession through the monolith circle to "feed" the stones traditionally, with pounded yam mixed with palm oil, and libations of fresh palm wine, while dancing and singing to the accompaniment of an iron gong. Alok, Ikom L.G.A., Cross River State. I. Miller photograph, 2014.

Cross River Monoliths: in critical danger of total destruction (pdf)

Cross River Monoliths: community efforts to salvage their heritage (pdf)

Cross River Monoliths: destruction, theft and international sales (pdf)