Masai, The (1938)

14 Feb
Director  Harvard University. Dept. of Anthropology
Producer  S.l., Pathé Exchange
Contributors  Peoples and cultures of the world.; Pathé science series.
Length  15 Minutes
B&W/Color  B&W
UO Library Catalog description:  1 reel, SI, 16mm – Shows scenes from everyday life of Masai tribesmen, including milking and bleeding of cattle, building huts, dancing, and examples of clothing and weapons.
Call #  FILM Ma14
Genre  Documentary
Rare  Yes
Online  No
Copyright status  Harvard University. Dept. of Anthropology
Physical condition  Great
Oregon-related  No


Edited and titled by the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.

Link to the Harvard University Dept. of Anthropology website

The National Anthropological Archives and Human Studies Film Archives website at describes “The Masai” as (AF-88.16.7: THE MASAI 1929; 374 ft (14 min) silent b&w; video Edited film produced by Pathe Science Series in cooperation with Harvard University’s Department of Anthropology. The film depicts variations in the phenotype of the Maasai and illustrates facets of their cultural ecology as a cattle herding people. Film includes: subsistence activities such as milking and drawing blood from cattle, women plastering habitations with cattle dung, men in headruffs demonstrating styles of communal dance, and contrasting forms of body ornamentation for men and women.)

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