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Marshall !Kung Expedition II 1951

Catalog Data

Marshall, John ethnographic filmmaker (1932-2005 )  Search this
Physical description:
18 film reels (21,000 feet) silent color 16mm archival original
!Kung (African people)  Search this
Naulila  Search this
Projected media
Collection descriptions
South West Africa
Supplementary materials: production records
title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work) -- archival collection
For supporting HSFA collections see also: 2007.17 (Robert Gesteland's daily log from the 1957-58 expedition); 2008.12 (National Geographic Society/Wolper Productions 1973 film project on John Marshall); and 2008.13 (Nippon TV ca. 1985 video project on John Marshall)
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research supported processing of the John Marshall Ju/'hoan Bushman Film and Video Collection, 1950-2000
The Marshall !Kung Expedition film projects are part of the John Marshall Ju/'hoan Bushman Film and Video Collection which was received over several years of accessioning from different parties. In 1983, John Marshall deposited the 1950-1978 film and audio with some prodcution records. In 2005, Documentary Educational Resources (DER) deposited the 1981-2000 film, video, and audio and in 2008, DER deposited paper records, photographs, and master video copy of "A Kalahari Family." Maps used by the Marshall family for the early expeditions were deposited in 2008.
Full film record shot during an expedition to the Nyae-Nyae region of the Kalahari Desert in Namibia was sponsored by the Harvard Peabody Museum and the Smithsonian Institution. Footage documents: construction of a <skerm> (shelter) and setting-up of a household, preparation and consumption of a springbok, hunting and preparation of a small snake, and digging and eating of roots. Technologies illustrated include: fire building, hide preparation, subterranean storage of water in ostrich egg shells, setting of a trap, and the entire bow-and-arrow manufacturing process. Depicted are the arrangements of skerms within the <werf> (encampment). Representations of !Kung rituals include scenes from a wedding, keloid scarification, and divining with oracle discs. Also included is winnowing of tobacco by non-San people and activities of the Marshall expedition. Footage was primarily shot by John Marshall with additional photography by Laurence Marshall.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Food--preparation of springbok--preparation of snake--eating roots  Search this
Water--storage of in ostrich eggs  Search this
Hunting--snakes--setting of trap  Search this
Hides--preparation of  Search this
Manufacture--bow-and-arrow--axe  Search this
Arrow--manufacturing  Search this
Cicatrization--scarification  Search this
Divination--oracle discs  Search this
Tobacco--winnowing  Search this
Shelters--skerms--construction  Search this
Fire--building  Search this
Gathering--roots--poisonous grubs  Search this
Beads--stringing  Search this
Carrying--infants--packing  Search this
Weddings  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1983.11.2
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Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives