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Creator:
MacDougall, David ethnographic filmmaker (1939- )  Search this
Filmmaker:
MacDougall, Judith  Search this
Physical description:
archival original 2 film reels (3,900 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Turkana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
Turkana
Kenya
Africa
Date:
1978
Notes:
Supplementary materials
title from credits (published work) -- archival collection
Summary:
Edited film from the 1974 film project about the semi-nomadic Turkana pastoralists of northwestern Kenya. In Turkana society herds mean security and wealth. This film explores the relationships between wedding negotiations, dispersed kin groups bound together by reciprocal livestock obligations, and the significance of these marital alliances in a harsh environment. The negotiations documented are between the kin groups of two age-mates and old friends. Unfolding events reveal the delicate balance between the economics of the domestic groups involved and the self-respect and dignity of their principal representatives. See also [Turkana Conversations Film Project, 1974].
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Topic:
Transhumance  Search this
Animal husbandry  Search this
Adornment--beads--jewelry  Search this
Marriage--negotiations for  Search this
Brideprice--negotiations for  Search this
Councils--negotiations for brideprice  Search this
Hair--treatment of  Search this
Speeches--councils of elders--marriage  Search this
Kinship--regulation of marriage  Search this
Homesteads--domestic groups--marriage  Search this
Residence rules--postmarital  Search this
Ritual--symbolism of--marriage  Search this
Animals--as brideprice  Search this
Language and culture  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1983.2.4
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218301