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Published on Dec 1, 2010
This is a trailer for:
The 13 months of Sukur: Africa's first world heritage cultural landscape (DVD 50 mins) This is now published on YouTube ª https://youtu.be/4yH8isSUmGs) and can be viewed, embedded and downloaded at no cost.
This ethnographic film shows the complete seasonal round of the Sukur people of Nigeria's Mandara Mountains. It does so from the perspective of cultural landscape, showing how their technology, society and ideology as expressed in ceremonies interact with their mountain environment to produce a landscape that is inherited, maintained and always in process of becoming. A wide range of traditional technologies -- amongst them iron smelting, architecture and basketry -- are introduced, as are core anthropological concepts such as clan and caste. Nic David and Judy Sterner have carried out ethnographic, historical and archaeological research in the Mandara Mountains since 1984. Their intimate and unrivalled knowledge of the Sukur people is evident throughout a film, made over 17 years, that is intended for general audiences besides students of anthropology and African studies.