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Central Africa, Upper Ubangi (Nzakara) -- Tonga Bondo Festival of the Ancestral Spirits 1960

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Physical description:
one film reel (33 min.) silent color 16mm reference film
Nzakara  Search this
Projected media
Central African Republic
Central Africa, Upper Ubangi
Title from credits (published work)--study collection
Supplementary materials: German language study guide
Deposited in HSFA in 2006 by Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film (IWF) Wissen und Medien gGmbH via the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Audio-visual Services, which possessed the film prints as the American Distributor for the IWF Encyclopaedia Cinematographica. Films were made by various German anthropologists for inclusion in the Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film (IWF) Encyclopaedia Cinematographica. Film prints of the Encyclopaedia Cinematographica were distributed in North America by Penn State Audio-Visual Services under an agreement with IWF. When Penn State Audio-Visual Services effectively closed in 2005, the film prints were offered to the Human Studies Film Archives. The HSFA agreed to accept all the ethnographic film titles in the Encyclopaedia Cinematographica. Since Penn State had no rights to the prints, HSFA negotiated an agreement with IWF Wissen und Medien gGmbH.
16 mm film prints.
Edited film: clan members are reunited to honor their departed ancestors with the Tonga Bondo festival. A procession takes the ancestral spirits to a central location in the village where they are ceremoniously placed on a bed of leaves and branches. There are anointings, invocations, gift-giving, and dances for the ancestors. Finally a meal is prepared and offered to the spirits as they are reinstated in their renewed sanctuary.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland
Local number:
HSFA 2006.2.33
Restrictions & Rights:
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Film set from Encyclopaedia Cinematographica, Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film 1952-1995
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives