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Laura Boulton films

Creator:
Boulton, Laura, 1899-1980  Search this
Extent:
Film reels (16mm)
0.5 Linear feet
Culture:
Bantu-speaking peoples  Search this
Ovambo (African people)  Search this
Dogon (African people)  Search this
Toda (Indic people)  Search this
Mandingo (African people)  Search this
Songhai (African people)  Search this
Zulu (African people)  Search this
Tuaregs  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Silent films
Sound films
Place:
Asia
North America
Africa
Europe
Oceania
Samoa
Nepal
Date:
1934-1985
Scope and Contents:
Film and video of the ethnomusicology collection of Laura C. Boulton, shot primarily by Dr. Boulton among traditional peoples around the world. (See inventory attached to agreement).

Collection contains supplementary material: associated texts, sound recordings, annotations, sound logs, and field notes.

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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.
Related Materials:
The Columbia University Center for Ethnomusicology has the Laura Boulton Collection of Traditional Music; the Harvard University Archive of World Music (Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library) houses Boulton's liturgical music collection; the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress contains wax cylinders, aluminum discs and reel-to-reel tapes of Boulton's field recordings of traditional vocal and instrumental music worldwide; and Smithsonian Folkways has the originals of recordings Boulton made for Folkways Records.
Provenance:
Received from the Laura Boulton Foundation in 1987.
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:
Music  Search this
Dance  Search this
Art  Search this
Ethnological expeditions  Search this
Hinduism  Search this
Buddhism  Search this
Genre/Form:
silent films
Sound films
Citation:
Laura Boulton films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
HSFA.1987.09
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Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc92ccfe958-07e2-43f2-9d43-f4b4180b2860
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-hsfa-1987-09

Gordon Davis Gibson papers

Creator:
Gibson, Gordon D. (Gordon Davis), 1915-2007  Search this
Names:
Center for the Study of Man (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Lewis, Kepler-Morden African Expedition  Search this
National Anthropological Film Center (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Museum of Man  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Expedition to Madagascar -- 1962  Search this
Estermann, Carlos  Search this
Lomax, Alan, 1915-2002  Search this
Marshall, Lawrence Kennedy, 1898-1980  Search this
Mohun, Richard Dorsey  Search this
Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858  Search this
Reining, Priscilla  Search this
Taunt, Emory H.  Search this
Tisdel, Willard P.  Search this
Verner, Samuel Phillips, 1873-1943  Search this
Ward, Herbert, 1863-1919  Search this
Correspondent:
Adams, Robert McCormick (Americanist)  Search this
Bohannan, Paul James  Search this
Cavendish, Marian W.  Search this
Dibble, Charles  Search this
Doyle, David W.  Search this
Fenkykovi, J.J.  Search this
Gill, Lunda Hoyle  Search this
Hartley, G.W.  Search this
Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978  Search this
O'Bryan, Deric  Search this
Robbins, Warren M.  Search this
Stanley, Jo Ann T.  Search this
Stone, Janet  Search this
Summers, Roger  Search this
Tax, Sol, 1907-1995  Search this
Thieme, Darius and Mimi  Search this
Trousdale, William  Search this
Turnbull, Colin  Search this
Wagley, Charles, 1913-1991  Search this
Wentzel, Volkmar Kurt, 1915-2006  Search this
Photographer:
Duggan-Cronin, A. M. (Alfred Martin), 1874-  Search this
Friedmann, Herbert, 1900-1987  Search this
Lewis, Ralph Kepler  Search this
Wentzel, Volkmar Kurt, 1915-2006  Search this
Extent:
95 Linear feet (154 document boxes, 1 manuscript folder, 63 card file boxes, 1 oversize box, plus 64 microfilm reels, 137 sound recordings, 3 map folders, and 3 sets of rolled maps )
Culture:
Kuba  Search this
Bayei (African people)  Search this
Bushmen  Search this
Kuvale (African people)  Search this
Mbundu (African people)  Search this
Mbandieru (African people)  Search this
Keyu  Search this
Kongo (African people)  Search this
Herero (African people)  Search this
Himba (African people)  Search this
Hakawona  Search this
Diriku (African people)  Search this
Turkana  Search this
Tchavikwa  Search this
Suk (African people)  Search this
Suk  Search this
Ovambo (African people)  Search this
Nzima (African people)  Search this
Nyaneka (African people)  Search this
Ndongona (African people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Namibia
Botswana
Angola
Date:
1936-2007
Summary:
This collection is comprised of the professional papers of Gordon D. Gibson. The collection contains his correspondence, field notes, research files, museum records, writings, photographs, sound recordings, and maps.The bulk of the collection consists of Gibson's southwestern Africa research. This includes his field notes, film scripts, photographs, sound recordings, and grant proposals he wrote in support of his fieldwork in Botswana, Namibia, and Angola. In addition, the collection contains his research notes, maps, drafts, publications, and papers presented at conferences. While most of his research focused on the Herero and Himba, the collection also contains his research on the Ovambo and Okavango and other southwestern African groups. In the collection is a great deal of photocopies and microfilms of literature on southwestern African ethnic groups, many of which are in Portuguese and German and which he had translated for his files. He was also interested in African material culture, especially Central African headgear. His research on African caps is well-represented in the collection, and includes photos of caps at various museums, source materials, research notes, and textile samples of knots and loop work. Gibson's files as the curator of African ethnology at the National Museum of Natural History also make up a significant portion of the collection. Among these records are his files for the museum's Hall of African Cultures and other African exhibits; his files on the museum's African collections, early donors and collectors of the collections; his personnel files; documents relating to his committee work; department and museum memos; meeting minutes; and his records as head of the Old World Division and acting chair of the department. The collection also documents the efforts to establish the Smithsonian's National Anthropological Film Center, now the Human Studies Film Archives, as well as his work on the planning committee to establish the Museum of Man at the Smithsonian. Memos and minutes relating to the Smithsonian's Center for the Study of Man are also present in the collection. In addition to Gibson's field photos, the collection also contains African photos taken by others. Among these are Herbert Friedmann's photos of Kenya; Hausmann's Libya photos; photos by Ralph Kepler Lewis during the Morden Africa Expedition in Kenya; and photos by Lawrence Marshall, Volkmar Wentzel, Alfred Martin Duggan Cronin, and Father Carlos Estermann. There are also photos of the exhibit cases from the Hall of African Cultures; photos of Smithsonian and non-Smithsonian African artifacts; and copies of photographs he obtained from different archives, including the National Anthropological Archives. Other materials in the collection include his files as film reviews editor for the American Anthropologist during the 1960s and 70s and his activities in different organizations.
Arrangement:
Arranged into 19 series: (1) Correspondence, 1938-1998; (2) Southwestern Africa Research, 1951-2004; (3) Caps Research; (4) Nineteenth Century Collectors; (5) General Research Files; (6) Exhibits, 1959-2007; (7) Curatorial Files, 1936-1984; (8) National Anthropological Film Center, 1965-1983; (9) Museum of Man, 1952-1981 [bulk 1968-1981]; (10) Center for the Study of Man (1967-1979); (11) Writings, 1947-1981; (12) Organizations; (13) Daily Log, 1958-1983; (14) Personal Files ; (15) Card Files; (16) Photographs, circa 1904-1983 [bulk 1953-1983]; (17) Microfilm; (18) Maps; (19) Sound Recordings
Biographical Note:
Gordon D. Gibson (1915-2007) was trained at the University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1952) and joined the staff of the Smithsonian's Department of Anthropology in 1958 as its curator of African ethnology. He served in that capacity until 1983. During the 1960s, he undertook a major renovation of the National Museum of Natural History's African exhibits, which had been on display since the 1920s. He developed the Hall of African Cultures, which opened in 1969 and remained on view until 1992. He was also instrumental in establishing the National Anthropological Film Center, now the Human Studies Film Archives. During his tenure, he also served as the first chairman of the Senate of Scientists of the National Museum of Natural History (1963-1964), chairman of the museum's photographic facilities committee (1968), member of the Center for the Study of Man, and member and chairman of the Department of Anthropology collections committee and its photographs records committee (1970s-1980s). He also had special interests in the department's library and processing lab. In 1980, he was chairman of a committee which studied the feasibility of establishing a Smithsonian Institution Museum of Man. Gibson held several offices and committee memberships with the Anthropological Society of Washington during the during the 1960s and 1970s and served as film review editor of the American Anthropologist. Gibson conducted fieldwork among the Herero and Himba in Botswana (1953, 1960-61), Namibia (1960-61, 1971-73), and Angola (1971-73). Articles produced from his field research include "Bridewealth and Other Forms of Exchange Among the Herero," "Double Descent and Its Correlates among the Herero of Ngamiland," "Herero Marriage," and "Himba Epochs." While in the field, he also filmed footage of the Herero, Himba, Zimba, and Kuvale. His edited films include Herero of Ngamiland (1953), Himba Wedding (1969), and The Himba (1972). In addition to the Herero and Himba, he also conducted research on the Okavango and Ovambo people. He edited and translated Carlos Estermann's Ethnography of Southwestern Angola (published in 3 volumes in 1976-81) and edited and contributed to The Kavango Peoples (1981). Gibson's research interests also included Central African headgear, coauthoring High Status Caps of the Kongo and Mbundu (1977) with Cecilia R. McGurk.
Related Materials:
Other materials relating to Gordon Gibson at the National Anthropological Archives can be found in the Records of the Department of Anthropology, Records of the Bureau of American Ethnology, and the Records of the American Anthropological Association.

The Human Studies Film Archives holds his films on the Herero, Himba, Kuvale, and Zimba.

The Smithsonian Institution Archives has materials relating to Gibson's work as the first chairman of the Senate of Scientists.
Provenance:
The papers of Gordon D. Gibson were received in three separate accessions. The first accession (comprised of correspondence; committee files; and materials relating to the Herbert Ward collection, the National Anthropological Film Center, the Center for the Study of Man, and the Museum of Man) was transferred to the National Anthropological Archives by Gibson after his retirement. A guide to this accession was created in 2001. An accretion (consisting of correspondence, fieldwork and research files, curatorial files, writings, photographs, sound recordings, and maps) was transferred to the archives by Gibson's family in 2007. His exhibition and museum specimen files were transferred to the archives in 2008 by the Department of Anthropology.
Restrictions:
The Gordon Davis Gibson papers are open for research. Access to the computer disks in the collection are restricted due to preservation concerns. The personnel files of Smithsonian staff have also been restricted.

Access to the Gordon Davis Gibson papers requires an appointment.
Topic:
Africa -- Ethnology  Search this
American Anthropologist -- film editor  Search this
Headwear -- Africa, Central  Search this
Exhibitions -- National Museum of Natural History  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Citation:
Gordon Davis Gibson papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.1984-13
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw379619042-2f6c-46c7-8819-45a504628089
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-1984-13

Wooden Cup

Donor Name:
Dr. Gordon D. Gibson  Search this
Culture:
Ovambo  Search this
Kwanyama  Search this
Object Type:
Cup
Place:
Benoni, Ovamboland, Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
9 Apr 1968
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
273832
USNM Number:
E407629-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3d17c500a-6bef-4907-be50-0532fa1041f2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437632
Online Media:

How kings are made - how kingship changes a study of rituals and ritual change in pre-colonial and colonial Owamboland, Namibia Märta Salokoski

Author:
Salokoski, Märta  Search this
Physical description:
335 pages kuv., kartt
Type:
Books
Academic theses
Place:
Namibia
Owambo
Owambo (Namibia)
Date:
2006
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Ovambo (African people)--Kings and rulers  Search this
Social conditions  Search this
Chiefdoms  Search this
Ovambo (African people)--Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Ovambo (African people)--Social conditions  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1114241

Bracelet

Donor Name:
Dr. Gordon D. Gibson  Search this
Culture:
Ovambo  Search this
Object Type:
Bracelet
Place:
Kaokoveld, Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
9 Apr 1968
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
273832
USNM Number:
E407614-3
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/311d1ec18-b169-478a-9c4e-0079c74fdef9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8545591

Arrow, Iron Pointed

Donor Name:
Volkerkunde Museum  Search this
Culture:
Ovambo  Search this
Object Type:
Arrow
Place:
Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
19 Feb 1883
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
83A00011
USNM Number:
E73202-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3564bbc5b-d1a5-47b3-8f82-770ad7edd79c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8476960
Online Media:

Arrow, Iron Pointed

Donor Name:
Volkerkunde Museum  Search this
Culture:
Obambo  Search this
Object Type:
Arrow
Place:
Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
19 Feb 1883
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
83A00011
USNM Number:
E73203-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3f038a879-49ac-4618-a8b5-dfa1ca8445d6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8476961
Online Media:

Collars Of Wood 2

Donor Name:
Volkerkunde Museum  Search this
Culture:
Ovambo  Search this
Object Type:
Collar
Place:
Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
19 Feb 1883
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
83A00011
USNM Number:
E73222-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/334c37489-bbd2-4458-a993-1eb3de06e640
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8476981
Online Media:

Basketry Jar And Cover

Donor Name:
Mrs. Bethune M. Gibson  Search this
Culture:
Ovambo  Search this
Ndonga  Search this
Object Type:
Jar
Place:
Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
27 Aug 1970
Collection Date:
1961
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
290563
USNM Number:
E412743-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3c098d02d-50e0-48fc-88f3-60fa4299a14f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8443565
Online Media:

Basketry Bowl

Donor Name:
Mrs. Bethune M. Gibson  Search this
Culture:
Ovambo  Search this
Ndonga  Search this
Object Type:
Bowl
Place:
Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
27 Aug 1970
Collection Date:
1961
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
290563
USNM Number:
E412744-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3b8b16922-47a5-44fb-80ec-1401004714ba
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8443566
Online Media:

Basketry Bowl

Donor Name:
Mrs. Bethune M. Gibson  Search this
Culture:
Ovambo  Search this
Ndonga  Search this
Object Type:
Bowl
Place:
Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
27 Aug 1970
Collection Date:
1961
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
290563
USNM Number:
E412745-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3b143941e-16e4-4bf1-b46f-89996a83280e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8443567

Basketry Bowl

Donor Name:
Mrs. Bethune M. Gibson  Search this
Culture:
Ovambo  Search this
Ndonga  Search this
Object Type:
Bowl
Place:
Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
27 Aug 1970
Collection Date:
1961
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
290563
USNM Number:
E412746-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3d65cdc60-e216-4cf7-a82a-d84cb5cf02ec
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8443568

Basketry Tray

Donor Name:
Mrs. Bethune M. Gibson  Search this
Culture:
Ovambo  Search this
Ndonga  Search this
Object Type:
Tray
Place:
Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
27 Aug 1970
Collection Date:
1961
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
290563
USNM Number:
E412747-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3846e59f4-77c1-4105-9838-8f8579118ab1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8443569

Basket, Fiber

Donor Name:
Dr. Gordon D. Gibson  Search this
Culture:
Ovambo  Search this
Object Type:
Basket
Place:
Ohopoho Village, Kaokoveld, Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
9 Apr 1968
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
273832
USNM Number:
E407610-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/342079874-f489-4a4a-8431-2b73cf4712e8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437607

Basket, Fiber

Donor Name:
Dr. Gordon D. Gibson  Search this
Culture:
Ovambo  Search this
Object Type:
Basket
Place:
Ohopoho Village, Kaokoveld, Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
9 Apr 1968
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
273832
USNM Number:
E407611-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3ed5d7844-2037-4cd1-8ee5-848542ed441f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437608

Tray, Fiber

Donor Name:
Dr. Gordon D. Gibson  Search this
Culture:
Ovambo  Search this
Object Type:
Tray
Place:
Ohopoho Village, Kaokoveld, Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
9 Apr 1968
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
273832
USNM Number:
E407612-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/39db28044-3e34-4fc4-8d8b-39a6f2e898dc
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437609

Necklace, Bead

Donor Name:
Dr. Gordon D. Gibson  Search this
Culture:
Ovambo  Search this
Object Type:
Necklace
Place:
Kaokoveld, Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
9 Apr 1968
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
273832
USNM Number:
E407613-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3d18a3b4d-990c-4643-b1a1-24d6ccdd7747
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437610

Bracelet

Donor Name:
Dr. Gordon D. Gibson  Search this
Culture:
Ovambo  Search this
Object Type:
Bracelet
Place:
Kaokoveld, Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
9 Apr 1968
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
273832
USNM Number:
E407614-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3b070cd90-dd72-48de-a016-1c8a38dbebb0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437611

Bracelet

Donor Name:
Dr. Gordon D. Gibson  Search this
Culture:
Ovambo  Search this
Object Type:
Bracelet
Place:
Kaokoveld, Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
9 Apr 1968
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
273832
USNM Number:
E407614-1
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/345cfd774-95bd-4797-8e67-1114f870b5b8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437612

Bracelet

Donor Name:
Dr. Gordon D. Gibson  Search this
Culture:
Ovambo  Search this
Object Type:
Bracelet
Place:
Kaokoveld, Namibia, Africa
Accession Date:
9 Apr 1968
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
273832
USNM Number:
E407614-2
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3d002c13a-c0d5-4a92-9070-df32d529c129
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437613

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