The collection depicts the everyday life and architecture of Basotho, Hausa, Makonde, Matabele, Pedi, Swazi, and Xhosa peoples in Nigeria, Southern Africa, and Tanzania.
The collection depicts Basotho, Hausa, Makonde, Matabele, Pedi, Swazi, and Xhosa peoples in Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, and Tanzania. Images show agricultural work, architecture, carving, cooking, landscapes, mountains, and portraits, among other subjects. Highlights of the collection include Makonde carvers at work in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Hausa peoples tie dying at indigo dye pits in Kano, Nigeria, and house decorations in South Africa and Lesotho including Bataung houses decorated with stone mosaics.
The collection is arranged into series according to geographic location:
Series 1: Nigeria, 1974
Series 2: South Africa, 1970-1975
Series 3: Tanzania, 1974
Biographical / Historical:
Dr. George F. Rohrmann is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Microbiology at Oregon State University. His field of specialization is Virology.
Donated by George Rohrmann in December 2017 and March 2018.
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3 Film reels (1 hour 39 minutes, color silent; 3570 feet, 16mm)
Scope and Contents:
Edited film chronicling an airstream caravan through Central America (Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica). Film includes many views of scenic landscapes, mountain roads, cities and villages, ruins (Kabah, Uxmal, Dzibichaltun, Chichen Itza) and historic landmarks and airstream trailers tavelling or in recreational vechicle parks. In Guatemala they visit the villages Solola and Panajachel near Lake Atitlan and and town of Antigua. Scenes also include marketplaces, churches and chuch-life, a woman weaving, local crafts, washing clothing at public fountains.
Legacy Keywords: Outdoor recreation ; Tourism ; Archaeology Mexico ; Mountains ; Landscapes ; Markets Mexico ; Central America ; Mexico ; Guatemala ; El Salvador ; Costa Rica ; Panama
Local Number: HSFA 1998.21.13
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Floyd Henry Wells films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution