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Clip #: AD-25
Library: Getty Images
Filmmaker: Andre de la Varre
City: Addis Ababa
Subject: Traditional Costumes
French, Americans, branches, children,
dirt roads, airplanes, animals, livestock, donkeys, mules, burros, horses, fields, flags, government
personnel, military, guns, firearms, handshakes, horseback riding, looms, textiles, maps, musicians,
native people, processions, processional, statues, top hats, train stations, trains, umbrellas,
villages, landscapes, grasslands, royalty, emperors, kings, Azmari musicians, Yahager Lebse, Generals,
Negusa Negasti, Harari, Gey Usu, native clothing, Shamma Shawls, togas, cloaks, Kabba, inaugurations,
diplomacy, ambassadors, highlands, international, coronations" "
Travelogue from 1930 filmed in Ethiopia (Abyssinia), which features footage of Addis Ababa leading up
to and just after the inauguration of Emperor Haile Selassie I (which took place on November 2nd, 1930).
Various foreign diplomats and dignitaries riding in cars and socializing, including American
Special Ambassador Herman Murray Jacoby and French General Louis Franchet d'Esperey. Emperor Haile
Selassie I & King Carol II of Romania standing next to each other saluting. Crowds rejoicing on city
streets and watching festivities. Excellent shots of people of the region dressed in traditional clothing
(shawls, cloaks), some with rifles and shields. Tribal native chieftains garbed in lion manes, carrying
lances and shields, and riding horses. Examples of traditional Ethiopian culture (such as weaving)
& music. Rows of soldiers standing at attention and marching through the streets. Rare footage of
prominent Addis Ababa statues unveiled for the coronation, such as the Equestrian statue of Emperor
Menelik II and the Trinity Star Monument, which was ordered dismantled by Mussolini in October of 1936.
Footage from the mountainous highlands of the Northeast, with landscapes of lush and fertile fields
and farmers with herds.