Hugo’s Hyena Men

photo by Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo spent eight days traveling with a group of animal handlers in Nigeria. On his website, he writes:

In Abuja we found them living on the periphery of the city in a shantytown – a group of men, a little girl, three hyenas, four monkeys and a few rock pythons. It turned out that they were a group of itinerant minstrels, performers who used the animals to entertain crowds and sell traditional medicines. The animal handlers were all related to each other and were practising a tradition passed down from generation to generation. I spent eight days travelling with them.

You can see more of his photos here and here.

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~ by Valerie Palmer on June 13, 2011.

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