Videotape field project shot by Ken Forsyth in Africa for the University Research Expeditions Program, University of California, Berkeley, focusses on three groups in Kenya and Tanzania. Videotapes of the Rendille, pastoralists from northern Kenya are concerned primarily with water resources and capture daily life includng scenes of young men digging wells, women collecting water and loading camels, traditional housing, camels in satellite camps managed by young warriors and various interviews about issues of water and sedentarization and shrinking acess to pasture with Rendille elders, a local missionary and the director of a UNESCO project in the Rendille area. The videotapes of the Barabaig, a pastoralist group of the Nilotic Datoga of central Tanzania was shot in conjunction with the Tanzanian National Museum material culture collecting project and documents pottery making, blacksmithing, prepartion of a beaded hide skirt and various images of daily life. The videotapes of the Luo from central Kenya around Kisumu document tradtional healers and includes scenes of the village, collecting and pressing plants and interviews with traditional healers.
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Received from Jean Colvin and the University of California, Berkeley in 2012.
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