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German educational film: Children of East Africa

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2002.189.1 | RG Number: RG-60.3652 | Film ID: 2594

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    German educational film: Children of East Africa

    Overview

    Description
    This film seems to closely parallel documentation regarding other films that were shot by Dr. Ludwig Kohl Larsen and his research team during the German Africa Expeditions that took place from 1934 to 1936 and again from 1937 to 1939. This expedition went to East Africa to study the hunter gatherer tribe of the region near Lake Eyasi. This tribe was called the Hadzabe, a nomadic tribe from Tanzania. This particular short ethnographic film features mainly children at play. They are young boys, running naked and swimming in the lake, climbing trees, eating coconuts, and fishing in the lake. It is not yet confirmed if the people in this particular film are actually members of the Hadzabe tribe.
    Duration
    00:10:12
    Locale
    Africa
    Tanzania
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Steven Zabin
    Contributor
    Producer: Reichsstelle fur den Unterrichtsfilm [RfdU]
    Camera Operator: Ludwig Kohl Larsen
    Biography
    Dr. Ludwig Kohl Larsen (Germany, 1884-1969): During the 1930s several research expeditions were conducted by the German ethnologist and physician Professor L. Kohl-Larsen in the region east and south of Lake Eyasi. Although he was mainly interested in ethnology, he and his wife Margit undertook important archaeological excavations, one of which was at Mumba Rock Shelter at the north-eastern end of Lake Eyasi. This excavation, which lasted about nine months, yielded not only more than one hundred thousand cultural remains, but also skeletal remains of 18 individuals from the Later Stone Age and Iron Age (Bräuer 1978a, 1979b). Moreover, he discovered the well-known, probably early Upper Pleistocene jaw fragments from Garusi and the Eyasi cranial remains, which are hitherto the only representatives of the East African remains with Neandertaloid features. (Protsch 1977). In the spring of 1935 the Kohl-Larsens excavated another important rock shelter, which yielded more skeletal material The shelter is situated south of Lake Eyasi about 12 kilometres east of Mkalama village and was named Strauss-Höhle (Strauss Rock Shelter) because it showed the painting of an ostrich (German: Strauss), about 30 cm in height and red in colour (see Kohl-Larsen 1958). The shelter which is called Kinto Rock Shelter by the local inhabitants is situated on a small hill, and is made up of two rocks which are open to the east and west. The main rock, which is the bigger of the two, has a length of 8 to 9 m and lies upon the smaller one, so that the shelter is closed at the top. The eastern side is protected by rock blocks against the wind and rain (Kohl-Larsen 1943). A comprehensive analysis of the cultural remains (Tomsky, in preparation) and the human skeletal remains was conducted only recently.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Genre/Form
    Instructional.
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Mixed
    Time Code
    00:59:47:00 to 01:09:59:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2594 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      Master 2594 Video: Betacam SP - PAL - small
      Master 2594 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      Master 2594 Video: Betacam SP - PAL - small
      Master 2594 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      Master 2594 Video: Betacam SP - PAL - small
      Master 2594 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      Master 2594 Video: Betacam SP - PAL - small
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2594 Film: negative - 16 mm - polyester - b&w - duplicate negative - B-wind - Kodak - 3234
      Preservation 2594 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2594 Film: negative - 16 mm - polyester - b&w - duplicate negative - B-wind - Kodak - 3234
      Preservation 2594 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2594 Film: negative - 16 mm - polyester - b&w - duplicate negative - B-wind - Kodak - 3234
      Preservation 2594 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2594 Film: negative - 16 mm - polyester - b&w - duplicate negative - B-wind - Kodak - 3234
      Preservation 2594 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
    • User
    • User 2594 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - silent - workprint
      User 2594 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - silent - workprint
      User 2594 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - silent - workprint
      User 2594 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - silent - workprint

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    Copyright Undetermined
    Conditions on Use
    Owner of copyright, if any, is undetermined. It is possible this is an orphan work. It is the responsibility of anyone interested in reproducing, broadcasting, or publishing content to determine copyright holder and secure permission, or perform a diligent Fair Use analysis.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    Colonel Alexander Zabin, MD shot 16mm color films as a U.S. Army surgeon in Europe during World War II. He also obtained a collection of 16mm German film productions, many under the label Reich Scientific and Educational Film body. Col. Zabin's son Steven Zabin donated the film collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in May 2002.
    Film Source
    Dr. Steven Zabin
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 3821
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:49:51
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