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Marshall, John ethnographic filmmaker (1932-2005 )  Search this
Physical description:
video cassettes (69 hours 30 minutes) sound color SVHS reference
223 film reels (150,000 feet) sound color 16mm archival original
!Kung (African people)  Search this
Ovambo (African people)  Search this
Germans  Search this
Afrikaners  Search this
Projected media
Collection descriptions
South West Africa
title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)--archival collection
Supplementary materials: audio tapes, production 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 prodcution 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 Nyae-Nyae region of the Kalahari Desert in Namibia. Footage contains interviews with N!ai, a !Kung woman, during which she discusses childhood, marriage, menstruation, relationships, rituals, and changes affecting !Kung culture that have occured during her life-time. Documentation of subsistence activities includes: a giraffe hunt, children hunting wild rooster, bread making, eating baobab fruit and honeycombs, and gathering grass. Aspects of daily life and rituals include: trance-dancing and curing, a tribal council, an Ovambo beer party, the ostrich game, dancing, singing, and playing the thumb piano. Footage records trade with a German film crew, (filming of THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY), and Afrikaans soldiers. Also included are scenes and discussions concerning a medical clinic and construction of a school house, a church service, an interview with the Afrikaans minister, voter registration, distribution of mealie-meal, hunting on horse-back, and the screening of two films on the !Kung San: N'UM TCHAI and THE HUNTERS. Footage from this expedition was used to make the film N!AI, THE STORY OF A !KUNG WOMAN. Footage was shot by John Marshall and Ross McElwee with additional photography by Mark Erder.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Marriage  Search this
Menstruation  Search this
Hunting--giraffe--wild rooster--on horseback  Search this
Food--bread-making--eating baobab fruit--eating honeycombs--distribution of mealie-meal  Search this
Gathering--grass  Search this
Trance--healing  Search this
Healing--trance-dancing  Search this
Celebration--Ovambo beer party  Search this
Games--ostrich  Search this
Dance  Search this
Music--singing--playing thumb piano  Search this
Musical instruments--thumb piano  Search this
Trade--German film crew--Africaans soldiers  Search this
Clinics--medical--tuberculosis  Search this
Medical--clinics--inoculations  Search this
Tuberculosis--clinics--treatment  Search this
Leprosy--treatment  Search this
Schools--construction  Search this
Church--services--ministers  Search this
Ministers--clerical  Search this
Voting--registration  Search this
Films--screening for !Kung San  Search this
Census--child mortality  Search this
Mortality--census--children  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1983.11.8
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Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives