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Harris, Hillary filmmaker ( - )  Search this
Breidenbach, George  Search this
Physical description:
2,700 feet sound color film
Nuer (African people)  Search this
Nilotic peoples  Search this
Ethiopians  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Baro River
Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee
Edited film made among the eastern Nuer of Ethiopia, a Nilotic cattle-herding people. The cinematic construction of the film seeks to convey a holistic feel for Nuer lifeways, particularly the intimacy between the Nuer and their cattle. Narration provides anthropological accounts of such events as a dispute over bridewealth, a ghost marriage, and a <gar> (male initiation) ceremony in which two boys receive forehead incisions. Also included is a subtitled interview in which an old man offers his own comments on Nuer life and customs.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Animal husbandry--cattle  Search this
Seasonal migrations--cattle--camps--courtship  Search this
Herding--cattle--milking  Search this
Transhumance--cattle--migrations (583-720 roll 2)  Search this
Housebuilding--wattle-and-daub--thatching--cow dung (1026-62 roll 1)  Search this
Rites of passgae--manhood--scarification--"Gar"  Search this
Marriage--spirits--kin relationships--artificial--"ghost marriage"  Search this
Divorce--bride price--cattle--infertility  Search this
Households--domestic activities--women  Search this
Food preparation--women--mortar-and-pestle  Search this
Scarification--ethos--adornment--jewelry--crafts  Search this
Prophets--"leopard skin chief"--propitiation--disease--epidemics--animal sacrifice--procession  Search this
Animal sacrifice--butchering--kinship  Search this
Food quest--annual cycle--animal husbandry--fishing--agriculture  Search this
Fishing--spears--wet season  Search this
Music--ceremony--drumming--dancing  Search this
Cattle--households--fuel--cow dung  Search this
Hygiene--cattle--cow dung ashes--urine--daily ablutions  Search this
Naming--male identity--cattle  Search this
Councils--speech--disputation--kin groups  Search this
Ritual--male initiates--ritual specialists--manhood  Search this
Religious beliefs--cattle--invocations--blessing--cow dung ashes  Search this
Spirit possession--illness--ritual expiation  Search this
Epidemics--children--small pox  Search this
Nakedness--normal garb  Search this
Special garments--ceremony  Search this
Effigies--clay--cattle--children  Search this
Tobacco--smoking--pipes  Search this
Adornment--hair styles--jewelry--facial painting  Search this
Pastoral activities--division of labor by sex  Search this
Language and culture  Search this
Nuer  Search this
Nilotic  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.19.6
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives