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Iron Smelters of Eremi, The

Synopsis
Shows in the traditional methods of iron smelting and forging used by the Madi of Uganda. In Eremi only one old man knows how to smelt iron. A younger man goes digging some eight miles away for iron ore, carrying it back to Eremi in a basket. Meanwhile, good fire clay and logs are collected and a fire lighted. This begins the long process of keeping the fire going with bellows worked by two men in the heat of the sun, until finally, after a hard day’s work, the smelting is complete. The iron emerges in a coating of clay which has to be chipped away to leave a lump of crude iron. The iron is taken to a homestead about six miles away to be forged. This requires two people, the smith and a helper who pounds the iron with a stone, all day to complete the task of shaping it into a bride-price hoe. The film provides a unique record of a virtually obsolete smelting technology, and gives a clear idea of the toil and skill required to smelt and forge iron in this traditional manner.
Language
English
Country
Uganda
Medium
Film; Film. 16mm. sd. col. 25 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of production
1963
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION
Uses
Undergraduates, postgraduates.
Subjects
Anthropology; Technology
Keywords
ironmaking; Madi; Uganda

Credits

Director
Michael Crosfield

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Distributor

Name

Royal Anthropological Institute Film & Video Library, c/o Concord Media

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