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Laura Boulton Film Collection: Africa ca. 1934

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Boulton, Laura musicologist  Search this
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (40 minute) silent b&w 3/4 inch
master one video cassette (40 minute) silent b&w 3/4 inch
archival original film reels (1,072 feet) silent b&w 16mm
Tuaregs  Search this
Mandingo (African people)  Search this
Dogon (African people)  Search this
Bella  Search this
Yoruba (African people)  Search this
Songhai (African people)  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)
West Africa
Dogon village
women drummers
ca 1934
Title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)--archival collection
Columbia University Center for Ethnomusicology; Harvard University Archive of World Music, Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library; American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress; Smithsonian Folkways; William Mathers Museum of World Cultures and Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University
Donated by the Laura Boulton Foundation in 1987
Footage shot on two separate expeditions to west and central Africa. Sites recorded include Dahomey (Benin) and Bamako, Mopti, Sangha, Gao, and Timbuktu in French Sudan (Mali). Ethnic groups include Bini, Chokwe, Dogon (Habbé), Malinké, Mbundu, Moors, and Taureg. Documentation features the lost-wax bronze casting technique (Dahomey); Malinké masks with musicians playing the <kora> or <bulon bata>; Chokwe and Mbundu dance and games; a Dogon market with shots around the Sangha countryside; various Dogon masks including the <kanaga> and monkey masks; Dogon women dancing with gourd "drums" and men dancing with <yo domolo> (staff for ritual thief); and scenes of Timbuktu including "Moorish soldiers" on camels outside the city and Tuareg men on horseback. Also included are games and dance by women and children and an elder musician playing <cngare> (curved xylophone) in Portuguese West Africa (Angola).
Laura C. Boulton, 1969 THE MUSIC HUNTER: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A CAREER. New York: Doubleday
Laura C. Boulton 1941 "Timbuktu and Beyond", NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, May 1941. pp-631-670
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Houses--thatched  Search this
Art--bronzework  Search this
Craftsmen--ironworkers--bronzeworkers  Search this
Musical instruments--kora--drums--ylophones  Search this
Music  Search this
Dance  Search this
Markets  Search this
Houses--Toga Nu--men's palaver house  Search this
Food preparation--mortar & pestle--onion balls  Search this
Drums--initiation rites  Search this
Initiations--masked dance  Search this
Masks--Dogon masked society--monkey--heyana--kanaga--Fulani  Search this
Gourds--used as drums  Search this
Cities  Search this
Horsemanship--camels--Tuaregs  Search this
Weapons--Tuareg  Search this
Garb--veils--used by horsemen  Search this
Money--cowrie shells  Search this
Rituals--masked society--Dogon  Search this
Games  Search this
Villages--Sangha--cliff dwellings  Search this
Language and culture  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1987.9.26
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