|Woman carrying loaded container on her head|
Photo Credit: G-Lish Foundation
How do you carry load? We use back packs, carry things in our arms, or in a bag over our shoulders. In most areas of West Africa, loads are carried on people's heads, a way of life that generally starts at the age of 12.
You can watch a very short clip of a woman walking while carrying a load here.
Photo Credit: Willem Heerbaart
We tried with a plastic bin, a package of toilet paper, kleenex boxes, and of course bags of potatoes.
After some practice we could walk a few lengths with the potato bags balanced on our heads. The potatoes moved around to accommodate the shapes of our heads. The other items, though much lighter, mostly slipped off.
Hubby was so comfortable, turning on a dime with his potato sac, you'd think he'd been doing it for years!
Though there is no real comparison to the loads carried on a daily basis in West Africa, it was an interesting exercise, not to mention fun!