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Austrian Motorcycle Expedition Through Africa, Capetown to Cairo 1935-1936

Catalog Data

Bohmer, Joseph Austrian filmmaker (1905- )  Search this
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (37 minutes) silent b&w 1/2 inch
master one video cassette (37 minutes) silent b&w BetacamSP
reference one film reel (1,365 feet) silent b&w 16mm
preservation one film reel (1,365 feet) silent b&w 16mm
archival original one film reel (1,365 feet) silent b&w 16mm
Zulu (African people)  Search this
Kikuyu (African people)  Search this
Lotuko (African people)  Search this
Arabs  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
South Africa
Victoria Falls
Marangu, Kenya
Mt. Kilamanjaro, Kenya
Bismark Refuge
title from credits (unpublished work) -- archival collection
Supplementary materials: 3,4
Addl. KW Subjects:
Southern Africa
Edited film of a motorcycle expedition by six Austrians who traversed Africa from October 1935 to March 1936. Footage documents the rigors of overland travel on motorcycle as well as encounters with three tribal groups: Zulus in South Africa, Kikuyu in Kenya, and Latukas in the Sudan. Film includes ceremonial dance at a Zulu wedding, Zulu homesteads, and activities around a mission school; Kikuyu women on the way to market and in a market and distinctive ear ornamentation worn by these women; and Latuka homesteads and <kraals>. Also included are shots of Victoria Falls, expedition members with African bearers climbing Mt. Kilamanjaro, crossing the Nubian Desert, and logistics of setting up a mobile camp.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Dwellings--circular thatched  Search this
Schools--mission schools  Search this
Dance--weddings--Zulu  Search this
Hair--wearing of--Zulu  Search this
Markets--marketwomen--Kikuyu  Search this
Corrals--kraals--Latuka  Search this
Mutilation--ear lobes--Kikuyu  Search this
Adornment--ear ornaments--Kikuyu  Search this
Tents--use in expedition camping  Search this
Motorcycles--Putsh--as overland transport  Search this
Water wheels--ox-driven  Search this
Architecture--Great Pyramids  Search this
Language and culture  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1979.1.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives