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Nagayati: Arts and Architecture Among the Gabra Nomads of Kenya

Synopsis
NAGAYATI, which means ‘be in peace’, explores the arts and architecture of the Gabra nomads in northern Kenya. The Gabra are one of the nomadic peoples living in the desert of the central part of northern Kenya, near the Ethopian border. Their culture has been little affected by the rapidly westernising society of the rest of Kenya. This film documents a marriage ceremony and shows many related activities in which the families of the bride and the bridegroom participate. The building of the new house, which takes several days, is one of the most important elements of the celebration. During the weeks and months prior to the wedding, the items to be used in the house are made, mainly by women, from the scarce materials found in the desert. The artifacts and the building of the house building are shown within the context of daily life in the Gabra community, and these activities culminate in several days of ritual interaction during the ceremony itself.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 50 min.
Year of production
1991
Availability
Hire; 1999 hire: £15.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Subjects
Anthropology
Keywords
Gabra; Kenya; marriage customs; nomadic communities

Credits

Director
Peter Oud
Producer
Peter Oud
Writer
Labelle Prussin
Cast
Mary Donovan 

Production Company

Name

Film and Photography for Development Work

Distributor

Name

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

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01473 274531
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