Disappearing World: Masai Women

Disappearing World: Masai Women

Director: Chris Curling

Cast: Chris Curling

     
 
This documentary is part of a series on so-called primitive cultures of the world, and the wisdom to be found in them. The focus of this segment is the Masai tribe of Africa. The Masai are a herding culture and live in the highlands near the Kenya and Tanzania border. They do not grow crops of any kind; nor do they hunt. Cattle are the center of the Masai culture and

Overview

This documentary is part of a series on so-called primitive cultures of the world, and the wisdom to be found in them. The focus of this segment is the Masai tribe of Africa. The Masai are a herding culture and live in the highlands near the Kenya and Tanzania border. They do not grow crops of any kind; nor do they hunt. Cattle are the center of the Masai culture and wealth system. The Masai women cannot own cattle and must depend on the favor of their men to support them. Within the constraints of their society, the powerful Masai women have fashioned workable lives for themselves. This film explores the successful adaptation of these remarkable women to what seems, to the Western eye, a totally oppressive system. The presentation of their triumph and dignity is informative and inspiring.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
UPC:
0016351092496
Original Release:
1974
Source:
Shanachie
Time:
1:00:00

Special Features

[None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits

Technical Credits
Chris Curling Director,Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Play Program [3:18]
2. Masai Concept of Wealth [2:56]
3. Elders and Warriors [3:04]
4. Female Circumcision Ceremony [6:48]
5. A New Bride [1:55]
6. Threats and Insults [7:32]
7. Meeting the In-Laws [4:52]
8. Begging for Cows [1:02]
9. Husbands and Lovers [4:48]
10. End of Warriorhood [11:47]
11. The Dependence of Masai Women [4:09]

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