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Marshall, John ethnographic filmmaker (1932-2005 )  Search this
Physical description:
45 film reels (45,000 feet) silent sound color 16mm reference
45 film reels (45,000 feet) silent color 16mm preservation
45 film reels (45,000 feet) silent color 16mm archival original
G/wi (African people)  Search this
Herero (African people)  Search this
Bachkalahari  Search this
Afrikaners  Search this
Bantu  Search this
Projected media
Collection descriptions
South West Africa
title suplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)--archival collection
Supplementary materials: production records including shot and sound logs
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 production 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 Kalahari Desert in Namibia was sponsored by the Harvard Peabody Museum and the Smithsonian Institution. Footage documents the hunting-and-gathering activities, domestic life, and music and dance of the /Gwi San in the central Kalahari Desert in monder-day Botswana. Documentation includes: gathering mangetti nuts, digging for poison grubs, gathering <tsama> melons and digging roots, setting snares and hunting with bows and arrows in the veldt, squeezing water from roots, sharing meat at the <werft>, collecting honey, squeezing and drinking water from the rumen (stomach) of large game, technologies (arrowmaking, working skins, and making cord from <sansiveria> leaves), sociability and ritual life (circle dance, scarification of women, porcupine game, heyena intercourse game, wrestling, storytelling, and music-making), and composing songs on the musical bow (with resonator) and <//uashie> (harp). Some visual documentation of the Ju/'hoansi at /Gatucha (Nyae Nyae region) includes: hunting and gathering activities, domestic life and music and dance. Also included are various scenes around waterholes; San around Bachkalahari <kraals>; interaction between Herero, San, and Bantu peoples near police post and provision station; and various scenes of the Marshall expedition. The published film title BITTER MELONS was produced from this project. Footage was shot by John Marshall.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Hunting--bows and arrows--setting snares  Search this
Arrows--manufacturing of  Search this
Gathering--mangetti nuts--poison grubs--tsama melons--roots--honey  Search this
Meat--distribution of  Search this
Dance--circle  Search this
Games--porcupine--heyena intercourse--wrestling  Search this
Musical instruments--playing musical bow--playing //guashie  Search this
Music--composition--playing instruments  Search this
Kraals--Bachkalahari  Search this
Cattle--Bachkalahari kraals  Search this
Hides--preparation of  Search this
String--manufacturing of from sanseveria leaves  Search this
Cicatrization--scarification  Search this
Story-telling  Search this
Water--extracting from roots--extracting from stomach of large game--storage of in ostrich eggs  Search this
Dance  Search this
Manufacture--of bows  Search this
Herding--goats  Search this
Language and culture  Search this
Human settlements  Search this
Human ecology  Search this
Human geography  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1983.11.4
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Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives