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Corinne Kratz films of the Okiek

Creator:
Kratz, Corinne Ann, 1953-  Search this
Extent:
8 Film reels (2 hours 58 minutes, color silent; 2400 feet, 8mm)
Culture:
Okiek (African people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Silent films
Place:
Africa, East
Kenya
Date:
1983-1984
Scope and Contents:
Footage shot among the Okiek (Ogiek) of Kenya. Footage includes documentation of a number of girl's coming-of age ceremonies at various sites (Sapoitit [Chepto] and Nkaroni), pottery making, beehive tending, trap making, domestic and economic activities, and scenes of forest and gardens.

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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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 Number:
HSFA 1993.5.1
Provenance:
Received from Corinne Kratz in 1993.
Restrictions:
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.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Subsistence economy  Search this
Subsistence farming  Search this
Livestock  Search this
Children  Search this
Domestic life  Search this
Genre/Form:
silent films
Citation:
Corinne Kratz films of the Okiek, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
HSFA.1993.05
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc9948b0027-b240-40fe-b4e3-a9e09cedc01b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-hsfa-1993-05

Affecting performance : meaning, movement, and experience in Okiek women's initiation / by Corinne A. Kratz

Author:
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 469 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Kenya
Mau Escarpment
Mau Escarpment (Kenya)
Date:
1994
C1994
Topic:
Women, Dorobo--Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Initiation rites  Search this
Puberty rites  Search this
Language and culture  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_454056

Rethinking recyclia

Author:
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Africa
Date:
1995
Topic:
Adaptive reuse  Search this
Art objects, African--Recycling  Search this
Call number:
N1 .A258
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_499013

Ivan Karp papers

Creator:
Karp, Ivan  Search this
Names:
Emory University  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Kratz, Corinne Ann, 1953-  Search this
Masolo, D.A.  Search this
Extent:
16.24 Linear feet (43 boxes and 2 sets of rolled maps)
0.21 Gigabytes
19 Sound recordings
Culture:
Teso (African people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Sound recordings
Manuscripts
Field recordings
Photographs
Field notes
Correspondence
Electronic records
Place:
Busia District (Kenya)
Date:
circa 1945-2012
bulk 1969-2012
Summary:
Ivan Karp (1943-2011) was a curator of African Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) from 1984 to 1993. He was also a professor at Emory University from 1993 to 2011. He conducted fieldwork among the Iteso (Teso) of Kenya and made significant contributions to the areas of African systems of thought, social theory, museum studies, and public scholarship. His collection contains his research on the Iteso of Kenya; his work at Emory University and the Smithsonian Institution; his reviews of manuscripts and books; recommendations that he wrote for his colleagues and students; his published articles and papers presented at conferences; and his project files on various topics including museum studies, African philosophy, public scholarship, agency and personhood, and the history of social anthropology.
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains the professional papers of Ivan Karp, documenting his work as an anthropologist, professor, and museum curator. The materials include his research on the Iteso of Kenya; his work at Emory University and the Smithsonian Institution; his reviews of manuscripts and books; recommendations that he wrote for his colleagues and students; his published articles and papers presented at conferences; and his project files on various topics including museum studies, African philosophy, public scholarship, agency and personhood, and the history of social anthropology.

Karp's Iteso research files span from the late 1960s to the 1990s. These materials consist of his field notes, in both paper and digital form; household surveys; photographs; sound recordings; maps; grant proposals; bibliographic research; correspondence; notes and drafts of his dissertation; and his other writings. A great deal of the field materials was collected by his field assistants, particularly Steven Omuse. Some field materials were also collected by Karp's first wife, Patricia.

His Smithsonian files are electronic and contain little documentation regarding his administrative work. There are, however, some materials relating to the planning of exhibits at NMNH and a proposal to establish a program focusing on the African continent and the African Diaspora. There is also a memo with Karp's response to questions from a House Subcommittee regarding the National African American Museum and complaints about the NMNH Africa Hall. Other associated materials include his research and papers on museums and exhibits. While there are no files pertaining to the first two museum conferences he organized, a folder titled "Bellagio" contains documentation for the conference and associated workshops on museums and globalization that he organized while at Emory.

Karp's files from Emory are also in digital form and more substantive than his Smithsonian materials. They document his work on the different committees he chaired and programs he directed and founded, including the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship. His Emory files also include his comments on students' dissertations, papers, and proposals.

The digital files also document Karp's other areas of interests, particularly African philosophy; concepts of identity, personhood, and agency; and the relationships between international development and personhood. His work on African philosophy largely consists of files from a number of collaborative projects with Kenyan philosopher Dismas Masolo, including the 1993 conference in Nairobi they organized and the associated volume they edited, African Philosophy as Cultural Inquiry (2000). There are a few files of research on the Luo people. His research on development and personhood focuses on Africa, particularly on Kenya, and includes his papers, notes, and reference sources, which also exist in paper form. There are also files of obituaries and memorials of Karp from numerous publications and events.

Other materials in Karp's collection include his doctorate diploma, his Master's thesis, family photos, and a wedding album from his first marriage.
Arrangement:
This collection is organized into 6 series: 1) Iteso Research; 2) Development Discourse; 3) Personal; 4) Photographs; 5) Sound Recordings; 6) Born Digital Files.
Biographical / Historical:
Ivan Karp (1943-2011) was a curator of African Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) from 1984 to 1993. He conducted fieldwork among the Iteso (Teso) of Kenya and made significant contributions to the areas of African systems of thought, museum studies, and public scholarship.

Karp was born on August 27, 1943 in Stamford, Connecticut. He attended the University of Vermont as an undergraduate, majoring in Sociology and Anthropology (1961-1965), and pursued graduate studies in Social Anthroplogy at the University of Rochester (1967-1969). Karp received his M.A. (1969) and Ph.D. (1974) from University of Virginia. As a doctoral student he conducted research among the Iteso from 1969 to 1971. His dissertation, titled Fields of Change Among the Iteso of Kenya, was published in 1978. Karp continued his research on the Iteso into the 1990s and published various papers including "Beer Drinking and Social Experience in African Society" (1980) and "Laughter at Marriage: Subversion in Performance" (1987).

Before his employment at the Smithsonian, Karp held a teaching appointment at Colgate University from 1972 to 1975 and was a professor at Indiana University from 1976 to 1984. At Indiana University, he coedited with Charles S. Bird Explorations in African Systems of Thought (1980), the first of a 34-volume series published under his editorship.

He left Indiana University in 1984 to become the Curator of African Ethnology at the National Museum of Natural History. While at the Smithsonian, he served as Chair of the Ethnology Division and established with William Merrill the Smithsonian Series in Ethnographic Inquiry. It was also during this period that Karp began to critically examine museum practice, concepts of identity and agency, and systems of representation in relation to museum exhibits. He and Steven Lavine organized two major conferences on museums and co-edited the resulting conference proceedings: Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display (1991) and Museums and Communities: The Politics of Public Culture (1992).

In 1993, Karp left the Smithsonian to direct the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts (1993-1996) at Emory University. He also served as director of the university's Institute of African Studies (1996-1999) and the Emory Center for International Studies (1996-1999). In addition, he cofounded and codirected with Corinne Kratz, his second wife, the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship (CSPS) from 1994 to 2009 and the Grant Writing Program from 1992 to 2011. Through the CSPS, he and Kratz also established and codirected the Institutions of Public Culture program, a collaboration with South African colleagues that brought together scholars of public culture from universities, museums, NGOs, political and arts organizations and related institutions (2000-2008). Karp also continued to facilitate discussions on museums, working with Kratz and his colleagues at the Rockefeller Foundation to organize a series of international workshops and a conference in 2002 on museums and globalization. He coedited Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations (2006), a collection of papers presented at the conference.

Karp retired from teaching at Emory University in May 2011 but planned to continue working with the Laney Graduate School's Grant Writing Program until full retirement in August 2013. Not long after finishing his last graduate seminar, Ivan Karp died at the age of 68 on September 17, 2011 in New Mexico.

1943 -- Born on August 27 in Stamford, Connecticut.

1961-1965 -- Undergraduate studies at University of Vermont with major in Sociology and Anthropology.

1965-1967 -- Graduate studies in Social Anthropology at the University of Rochester.

1969 -- Earns M.A. from University of Virginia. Begins conducting fieldwork among the Southern Iteso in Busia District, Kenya.

1972-1975 -- Instructor and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Colgate University.

1974 -- Earns Ph.D. from University of Virginia.

1976-1984 -- Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University.

1984-1993 -- Curator of African Ethnology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Insitution.

1987 -- Organizes conference on "The Poetics and Politics of Exhibiting Other Cultures."

1988 -- Organizes conference on "Museums and their Communities."

1993-1996 -- Director of Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory University.

1994-2009 -- Director of Center for the Study of Public Scholarship, Emory University.

1996-1999 -- Director of Emory Center for International Studies, Emory University. Director of Institute of African Studies, Emory University

2000-2008 -- Director of Institutions of Public Culture program through CSPS.

2002 -- Organizes conference on " Museums and Global Public Spheres" held in Italy at Bellagio Conference Center of the Rockefeller Foundation.

2009 -- Moves to Santa Fe, NM where he had bought a home in 2003.

2011 -- Retires from teaching at Emory University. Dies on September 17 at the age of 68.
Related Materials:
Artifacts collected by Ivan Karp can be found in the National Museum of Natural History's Department of Anthropology Collections (Accession #390893 and 416181). Indiana University Archives of Traditional Music holds some of Karp's original Iteso sound recordings.
Separated Materials:
Four DVDs and a videotape were separated from the collection and transferred to the Human Studies Film Archives (HSFA.2014.12) One of the recordings is an interview with Karp that Robert Lavenda and Emily Schultz conducted in 1989 to accompany their introductory anthropology textbook, Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition. The rest of the recordings are of Karp giving presentations.
Provenance:
This collection was donated to the National Anthropological Archives by Corinne Kratz in 2014.
Restrictions:
Recommendations that Karp wrote for his colleagues and students are restricted until 2061.

Access to the Ivan Karp papers requires an appointment.
Topic:
Museum techniques  Search this
Luo (African people)  Search this
Social sciences -- Philosophy  Search this
Philosophy, African  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Teso language  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Manuscripts
Field recordings
Photographs
Field notes
Correspondence
Electronic records
Citation:
Ivan Karp papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.2013-30
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3c830beb4-e199-44c0-a894-569ef6fc6b1b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-2013-30

Ritual performance

Author:
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Africa
Date:
2004
Topic:
Performance  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Religious life and customs  Search this
Call number:
GR350 .A33 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_762664

Gender, ethnicity and social aesthetics in Maasai and Okiek beadwork / Corinne Kratz and Donna Pido

Author:
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Pido, Donna K  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2000
Topic:
Women, Okiek  Search this
Women, Maasai  Search this
Beadwork, Okiek  Search this
Beadwork, Maasai  Search this
Decoration and ornament, Okiek  Search this
Decoration and ornament, Maasai  Search this
Aesthetics, Okiek  Search this
Aesthetics, Maasai  Search this
Call number:
GN645 .R49 2000X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_751232

Okiek

Author:
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1989
Topic:
Pottery, Okiek  Search this
Call number:
NK4088.9.K4 K37 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_751155

Rhetorics of value : constituting worth and meaning through cultural display / Corinne A. Kratz

Author:
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Physical description:
p. 21-48
Type:
Books
Date:
2011
Topic:
Museum exhibits--Theory  Search this
Museum labels  Search this
Museums--Lighting  Search this
Call number:
VF-- Museums & Galleries--General
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1023345

Ceremonies, sitting rooms and albums : how Okiek displayed photographs in the 1990s / Corrine A. Kratz

Author:
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Kenya
Date:
2012
Topic:
Okiek (African people)--Dwellings  Search this
Okiek (African people)--Economic conditions  Search this
Photography  Search this
Call number:
TR115 .P46 2012
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1045776

The ones that are wanted : communication and the politics of representation in a photographic exhibition / Corinne A. Kratz

Author:
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 307 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 26 cm
Type:
Portraits
Exhibitions
Place:
Kenya
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Public opinion  Search this
Attitudes  Search this
Photography in ethnology  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_682188

Follow the family, follow the husband : the politics of Okiek marriage / a paper by Corinne Kratz

Title:
Politics of Okiek marriage
Preliminary thoughts on gender, agency, ideology and politics in Okiek marriage
Author:
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Institute for Advanced Study & Research in the African Humanities  Search this
Physical description:
[38] p. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Kenya
Date:
1992
[1992]
Topic:
Marriage customs and rites  Search this
Women, Okiek  Search this
Marriage--Social aspects  Search this
Call number:
GT2789.K4 K73 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_700066

Contexts, controversies, dilemmas : teaching circumcision / Corinne A. Kratz

Author:
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Africa
Date:
1999
Topic:
Female circumcision--Study and teaching (Higher)  Search this
Call number:
DT19.9 .G74 1999X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_685231

Kenya

Author:
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Kenya
Date:
2010
Topic:
Clothing and dress  Search this
Body arts  Search this
Call number:
GT511 .B473 2010 Volume 1
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_969961

Reflections on the fate of Tippoo's tiger : defining cultures through public display / Ivan Karp and Corinne A. Kratz

Author:
Karp, Ivan  Search this
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2000
Topic:
Ethnological museums and collections  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Call number:
GN495.6 .C83 2000X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_664675

Aesthetics, expertise, and ethnicity : Okiek and Maasai perspectives on personal ornament / Donna Klumpp and Corinne Kratz

Author:
Pido, Donna K  Search this
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1993
Topic:
Maasai identity  Search this
Okiek identity  Search this
Ethnic identity  Search this
Beadwork, Maasai  Search this
Maasai symbolic color  Search this
Beadwork, Okiek  Search this
Okiek symbolic color  Search this
Call number:
DT433.545.M33 B42 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_533824

Are the Okiek really Masai? or Kipsigis? or Kikuyu?

Author:
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1980
Topic:
Maasai  Search this
Call number:
DT1 .C132
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_533805

The case of the recurring Wodaabe : visual obsessions in globalizing markets / Corinne A. Kratz

Author:
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
Niger
Date:
2018
Topic:
Wodaabe (African people)  Search this
Wodaabe (African people)--In mzotion pictures  Search this
Wodaabe (African people)--Research  Search this
Bororo (African) performance  Search this
Exoticism  Search this
Call number:
N1 .A258
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1088675

Okiek of the Mau : shared memories in changing lives

Author:
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1992
Topic:
Okiek  Search this
Call number:
DT433.5.A2 K37
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_533806

More on the Turle collection

Author:
Blackburn, Roderic H  Search this
Schildkrout, Enid  Search this
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Turle, Gillies Ethnological collections  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1996
Topic:
Maasai ethnographic objects  Search this
Material culture  Search this
Authenticity  Search this
Call number:
N1 .A258
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_523376

Museums and collecting, colonial and postcolonial

Author:
Kratz, Corinne Ann 1953-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1992
Topic:
Museums--Acquisitions  Search this
Call number:
GN2 .C855
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_530207

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