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N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman 1980

Catalog Data

Creator:
Marshall, John ethnographic filmmaker (1932-2005 )  Search this
Physical description:
59 min sound color video
Type:
Projected media
Collection descriptions
Place:
Africa
Date:
1980
Addl. KW Subjects:
Southern Africa
Summary:
Edited film shot in the Nyae-Nyae region of the Kalahari Desert in Namibia. Footage provides a broad overview of !Kung life, both past and present, and an intimate portrait of N!ai, a !Kung woman in her mid-forties. N!ai's own story provides a look at changes in !Kung life during the past forty years. As N!ai speaks, the film presents scenes from the 1950s that show her as a young girl and wife. N!ai talks of her recollections as a child, of the abundance of game, the sharing of food, and of kin-based principles of traditional !Kung life. The film then moves to the contemporary scene where the !Kung are settled on a South African government reservation where land, game, and plant foods are scarce; disease is common; and secrecy and money have given rise to divisiveness among the !Kung. Film is based on footage shot during the 1950s expeditions supported by the Peabody Museum of Harvard University and the Smithsonian Institution, and footage shot in 1978.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Local number:
HSFA 1991.18.13
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218863