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South Africa, Natal (Zulu) -- Initiation Ceremony of a Woman Herbalist 1968

Catalog Data

Physical description:
one film reel (17 min.) sound color 16mm reference film
Culture:
Zulu  Search this
Type:
Projected media
Place:
South Africa
South Africa, Natal
Africa
Date:
1968
Notes:
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.
Summary:
Edited film: diviners perform the initiation ceremony of a young female herbalist, which includes the praising of ancestral spirits, smearing the woman with froth, and the divination dance. Finally the initiate beats medicine into froth as a sign of her new abilities.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland
Local number:
E01754
HSFA 2006.2.207
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
See more items in:
Film set from Encyclopaedia Cinematographica, Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film 1952-1995
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_281181