Demonstration of "Life in the Holy Land" by the Arbeely Family of Syria

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Habeeb Arbeely performs a Palestinian dance as brothers Nageeb (on reed) and Hanna (on drum - darbuka) play instruments.


  • Arbeely, Najeeb -1904
  • Arbeely, Hanna
  • Arbeely, Habeeb
  • United States National Museum


The Arbeely family are thought to be the first Syrian immigrant family in the United States. They travelled extensively across the U.S. reenacting scenes from their homeland while dressed in native costume.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 11-007, Box 011, Image No. MNH-2709

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1880
  • 1880s

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  • Emigration and immigration
  • Performances
  • Ethnic costume
  • Immigrants


  • Arab countries
  • United States
  • Syria


Glass negatives

Local number

SIA Acc. 11-007 [MNH-2709]

Physical description

8 x 10;

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