The Hunters (1957; 72 min) by John Marshall
Shot during a Smithsonian-Harvard Peabody sponsored expedition in 1952–53, The Huntersfollows four Julʼhoan men as they hunt a giraffe in the Kalahari Dessert of Namibia. The film shows many aspects of Julʼhoan life beyond hunting, including family relationships, socializing and storytelling, and other food gathering practices.
This is the third screening in the fall session of the bi-annual Recovering Voices Ethnographic Film Series
Founded in 1975, the National Anthropological Film Collection (NAFC) forms part of the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives (NAA), and is devoted to preserving, documenting, and providing access to anthropological moving image materials. The NAFC collections are a unique repository for anthropological films and video that document cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as the history of ethnographic filmmaking and related amateur expeditionary and travel filmmaking in the 20th century. Drawing on NAFC’s extensive archival film collection we will be screening the following historic ethnographic films, and will have time for discussion following each film.