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Mortimer Fuller safari film

Former owner:
Fuller, Mortimer  Search this
Film reels (50 minutes, black-and-white silent reversal; 1,345 feet, 16mm)
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Travelogues (motion pictures)
Silent films
Africa, East
circa 1930
Scope and Contents:
Footage shot during a hunting expedition to east Africa including Uganda, Kenya, Egypt, and the Sudan. Footage includes: shipboard ritual of "crossing the equator," passage through the Suez Canal, a local ceremony staged for visitors by Acholi tribesmen, Kikuyu dance, monumental Egyptian sculpture and architecture, and various hunting activities and camps of the safari. A significant feature of this safari footage is the stereotyped interactions of dominance and subordination between African bearers and the wazungu, the local term for Europeans.

Collection contains supplementary materials, namely, sound recordings and annotations (recorded narratives).

Legacy keywords: Ceremony crossing the equator ; Ceremony "engoma" ; Dancing drums ; Adornment headdress ; Architecture monumental ; Sculpture monumental Temple of Abdul Smaal ; Writing pictographic hieroglyphics ; Pottery pottery wheel ; Settlements residential enclosure boma ; Hunting safari native bearers ; Language and culture ; Tourism ; Dance ; Music ; Instruments musical instruments ; Cruise ships ; Kikuyu (African people) ; Acoli (African people)

Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.
Local Numbers:
HSFA 1983.1.1
Received from Mortimer Fuller c/o Bob Schweitzer, Everhart Museum, in 1983.
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
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Safaris  Search this
Travelogues (Motion pictures)
silent films
Mortimer Fuller safari film, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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