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Gibson, Gordon D (Gordon Davis) 1915-2007  Search this
Physical description:
reference 4 DVDs (1 hour and 40 minutes) sound color/b&w DVD
master 4 video cassettes (1 hour 40 minutes) sound color/b&w 3/4 inch
archival original 4,000 feet sound color/b&w 16mm
Himba (African people)  Search this
Herero (African people) Himba  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)
Supplementary materials: 1,3,5
title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work) -- archival collection
Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee
Full film record of a research film project documenting the Himba, a pastoral Bantu people of southwestern Angola and northwestern Namibia. Footage features documentation of a rainmaking ceremony with animal sacrifices to the ancestors and the annointing of <ombale> stones (rain shrines), the tending of cattle herds and the problems of drought, various musical performances, a baby-naming ceremony, and techniques of female hairdressing and braiding. Edited films THE HIMBA and HIMBA WEDDING were produced from this project.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Language and culture  Search this
Ritual--propitiation--rainmaking  Search this
Rainmaking--magic--sympathetic--rocks--water  Search this
Animal sacrifice--divination--entrails  Search this
Ritual--annointing--stones--sacred  Search this
Rainmaking--ceremony--descent group--ancestors--animal sacrifice  Search this
Animal sacrifice--suffocation--blood  Search this
Singing--males--praise songs--cattle  Search this
Shrines--sacred rocks--"ombale stones"  Search this
Adornment--women--hair styles  Search this
Clothing--traditional--leather--sheepskin  Search this
Hair styles--sex status--life cycle--social identity  Search this
Pastoral activities--seasonal migration--ecology  Search this
Musical instruments--horn--pluriarch  Search this
Music--songs--cattle praises--oral history  Search this
Naming--infant--rites of passage  Search this
Ceremony--naming--annointing--clan  Search this
Inheritance--cattle--ceremony--baby naming  Search this
Milk--purification--sacred cattle--ritual tasting  Search this
Curing--singing--women--trance  Search this
Adornment--necklaces--wristbands--women  Search this
Adornment--hair styles--women--braiding  Search this
Hair styles--hair dressing--braiding--grease--wood ash--red ochre  Search this
Tillage--division of labor by sex--hoe  Search this
Hair styles--boys--clan membership  Search this
Animal husbandry--division of labor by sex--herding--milking  Search this
Seasonal migrations  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Himba  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1983.5.1
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Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives