Marshall, John ethnographic filmmaker (1932-2005 )
3 film reels (2,650 feet) sound color 16mm archival original
preservation 3 film reels (2,657 feet) sound color 16mm
master 3 film reels (2,657 feet) sound color 16mm
Motion pictures (visual works)
Language and culture
title from credits (published work)--archival collection
Edited film, documenting the Ju/'hoansi (!Kung Bushmen) in the Nyae-Nyae region of the Kalahari Desert in Namibia, was shot during the Peabody Museum Expeditions led by Laurence Marshall and supported by the Smithsonian Institution. This film, shot by John Marshall over numerous expeditions in the fifties, is an in-depth look at the struggle for survival in a hot and arid climate and focuses on four men who undertake a hunt to obtain meat for their family group. The chronicle of their 13-day trek becomes part of their folklore, illustrating the ancient roots and continual renewal of African tribal cultures.