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Pygmies of Africa Pt II
Description: Part II of a documentary from the 1950s about the daily life of Pygmies in Africa.
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Clip #: TFA-297B
Length: 10:13
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Region: Africa
Subject: Native Life
Original: 16mm
Keywords:
1950s, Africa, pygmies hunting for honey bee trees in forest, pygmy climbing up liana vine to bee tree, pygmies weaving basket with interlaced vines and lined in leaves to store honey, tree climber using smudge to drive away bees, pygmy bee hunters eating honey, pygmy man peeling bark of mulumba tree and separating outer part from inner layer, piece of solid ivory scoured at bottom being used to pound out inner layer to desired thinness, bark cloth hung up in sun to dry and toughen up fiber, pygmies using piece of koola wood to create dye and applying to bark cloth used for clothing and trade, pygmies led by sultani gathering bartering items like cloth, beeswax and elephant tusks and preparing to transport on trading expedition, sultani asking tribe’s witchdoctor to pray to God Mungu for safe passage of trading party, Mulungu, witchdoctor preparing leaf tray for offerings and leaf pathway at Mungu’s shrine, witchdoctor praying at shrine, pygmy folding cloth to take on expedition, pygmies departing on trading expedition carrying bartering items, pygmies stopping by kongo village, pygmy sultani and kongo chief shaking hands, pygmy sultani showing their wares including bark cloths embellished with designs, bows and anteater, kongo chief showing his villages’ wares of dried plantains, bananas, manioc roots, cassava, iron pointed spears, iron knives, blades bound to sticks used as axes, chiefs bargaining, pygmy sultani offering elephant tusk while kongo chief offers two iron-headed spears, two axe blades and large knife in return, pygmy trading party loaded down with wares received from trade arriving back at village, witchdoctor retrieving items from trading expedition and laying down as offerings on shrine for Mungu, witchdoctor offering thanks to Mungu

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