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UConn ANTH 1006 - N!ai The Story of A Kung Woman (Movie Recap)

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Anth 1006 1st Edition Lecture 3Outline of Last Lecture I. Scientific Inquiry: EpistemologyII. DatingIII. Pseudoscience/Pseudo ArchaeologyIV. Paleontology vs ArchaeologyV. Archaeological vs Biological AnthropologyVI. PolynogyVII. Ethicsa. Cultural Anthropology Ethicsb. Archaeology Ethicsc. NAGPRAd. AAA (American Anthropology Association)Outline of Current Lecture: N!ai The Story of a Kung Woman (Movie)I. Film BackgroundII. SettingIII. N!aiIV. FoodV. Horse HuntersVI. N!ai and Wedding RitualThese notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute.VII. Views of WomenVIII. Childbirth PerceptionsIX. CuringX. South African Army InvadesXI. TouristsXII. Community AttitudeCurrent Lecture: N!ai The Story of a Kung Woman (Movie)I. Film Background- The movie was shot over the course of 27 years beginning in 1951-1978.- It was directed by John Marshall. II. Setting:- Film takes place in the Kung village in Nambia. It is part of South West Africa. - In 1978, 800 Kung lived in 25 square miles.III. N!ai- N!ai is the main woman telling the story.- The film documented her as an adolescent all the way to adulthood.- She is known as short face or little squirrel.IV. Food- Food is very scarce and is often fought over.- Kung people get food by hunting with poison arrows and gathering.- Food is rationed and distributed to everyone,.- When one area is depleted, they move to the next.- Their diet consists of giraffe meat, over 90 edible fruits and plants, as well as roots.- Sometimes they must travel far to get water.o Giraffe Hunting Men go hunting with poison arrows for a giraffe. They track down the wounded giraffe and kill it. 1 giraffe can feed 50 people for 10 days. V. Horse Hunters- Horses were a new adaption and greatly aided hunting.- Horse hunters were almost referred to as thieves because horses made hunting so much easier.- Horse hunters were also frowned upon because it was making animals disappear quicker and Kung people were afraid the animals might not be around for future generations. VI. N!ai and Wedding Ritual- N!ai did not want to get married, but was forced by her culture and traditions.- At age 8 she married a 15 year old.o Rital: They carry the girl to a wedding house where she spends the night with the boy.- She resented him and slept around with other men which she was shamed for.VII. Views of Women- Women are encouraged and proud to be women in this culture.- They do not wear shirts and are encouraged when breasts grow.- Women are usually supportive and work together.VIII. Childbirth Perceptions- Women were often terrified of childbirth, as many women and children died.- The myth was that if you were afraid during pregnancy, the baby would die.- Girls that had not given birth yet were not supposed to watch a birth.- N!ai’s first child died.IX. Curing- Curing was a medicinal practice often thought to go against the evil of God.- It encompasses screaming, chanting, ululation, and burning things.- Curer’s are supposed to get close to the subject to reach their soul. If they cannot reach them, it is considered very bad.- They use this to try and prevent death as well as predict diseases.X. South African Army Invades- In 1978, the South African Army came to the Kung village.- They wanted a base to fight against guerilla fighters as well as recruit soldiers.- Kung villagers lived in fear of being shot by the guerilla fighters (SWAPO)- Kung people were now forced to live on a smaller reserve of landXI. Tourists- N!ai quotes, “Before the White people came, we could do what we wanted.”- As food dwindled and the Kung were forced to live on smaller land, people ran out ofthings to do and ways to make money.- When white tourists came, they often paid the Kung to take pictures or do housework. - Some even came to teach school or teach about Christianity.XII. Community Attitude- There were lots of arguments about money and sharing food.- People were jealous of N!ai as she was very popular with the tourists. They shamed her and her daughter for whoring around.- Towards the end of the film, the Kung community turns very


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