Ablah Library at Wichita State University has acquired 31 videos in the Disappearing World series produced for Granada Television International and distributed by Films Incorporated Video. The videos were purchased with a 1996 Interlibrary Loan Development Program Grant from the Kansas Library Network. Filmed in close cooperation with anthropologists, the videos provide a wealth of information about different world cultures and address a wide range of issues currently affecting people all over the world: civil war, rainforest destruction, radioactive fallout, drought, religious influences, and cultural survival.

The videos that may be 1) checked out from Ablah Library Reserve by WSU students, faculty, and staff or 2) borrowed on Interlibrary Loan by other Kansas residents are listed below. If you are not affiliated with WSU, please contact your local library for help in processing your Interlibrary Loan request.

For call numbers and other information, please access LUIS, Ablah Library's online catalog. The videos are also listed in the Kansas Library Catalog.

For additional information, please contact Cathy Moore-Jansen, Social Sciences Librarian, Ablah Library, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0068; (316) 978-5080.


In Search of Cool Ground: The Migrants (1985, 52 min)

The Mursi, inhabitants of the Omo Valley in southwest Ethiopia have been driven to the "cool ground" of the highlands by drought. Their culture is effected by both the proximity of a market village and the destruction of their cattle by tsetse flies. Anthropologist: David Turton

In Search of Cool Ground: the Mursi (1985, 52 min)

The Mursi of Ethiopia have no chiefs or leaders and reach all decisions through tribal debates. Drought and famine are forcing the Mursi into contact with the outside world. Anthropologist: David Turton

Masai Manhood (1975, 53 min)

The Masai are animal herders in the East African Rift Valley. Masai warriors are not allowed to marry and are excluded from decision making. A four-day ceremony, the Eunoto, marks their transition from warriors to elders. Anthropologist: Melissa Llewelyn-Davies

Masai Women (1974, 51 min)

The role of Masai women in a completely male-dominated society is examined as women move from childhood through marriage to old age. Anthropologist: Melissa Llewelyn-Davies; Blue Ribbon - American Film Festival

The Mende (1990, 51 min)

Portrait of Mende village in Kpualwala, Sierre Leone, where 260 Mende in houses of mud, brick, and tin in the forest. Villagers successful or unlucky, happy or divided. They recognize a supernatural world that affects all aspects of their lives: farming, fishing, and family life. Anthropologist: Mariane Ferme

The Mursi: Nitha (1991, 51 min)

Depicts the Age Set Ceremony as the nitha bestows adulthood on a group of Mursi men. Mursi survival is constantly threatened by neighbors, the Bume, who recently killed 500 Mursi. Anthropologist: David Turton

The Mursi: The Land is Bad (1991, 52 min)

The Mursi of Ethiopia remain faithful to their culture and traditions such as herding cattle and growing sorghum even after a series of natural (especially drought) and man-made disasters. Anthropologist: David Turton

Saints and Spirits (1978, 25 min)

Islamic women in the Moroccan city of Marrakech hold rituals and celebrations at home as they rarely attend mosque. Women pilgrims do make a journey to a mountain shrine for an annual ritual of sacrifice. Anthropologist: Elizabeth Fernea

The Wodaabe (1988, 52 min)

One of the last nomad tribes on earth, the Wodaabe follow herds through the drought- ravaged Sahel, south of the Sahara. The Wodaabe are determined to preserve their their way of life. Anthropologist: Mette Bovin


Inside China: Living with the Revolution (1983, 52 min)

Uses firsthand accounts to create a unique portrait of the lives of two families who live near Wuxi in southwest China. Their lives are affected daily by social and political changes taking place in China. Anthropologist: Barbara Hazard

Inside China: The Newest Revolution (1983, 52 min)

The story of the two families who were interviewed in Inside China: Living with the Revolution continues as family members are filmed at work and at home. Anthropologist: Barbara Hazard

The Kalasha: Rites of Spring (1990, 52 min)

The Kalasha live in the high valleys of the Hindu Kush Mountains in northwest Pakistan. Their way of life is threatened as they have mortgaged their land and walnut trees to Chitrali Muslims. The prospect of living in a tourist park is not appealing. Anthropologist: Peter Parkes

The Kazakhs of China (1983, 53 min)

The Kazakhs are fiercely independent nomads who live in the mountains of Tibet and Mongolia. Although they live away from Chinese authorities, they have adapted to communism and believe they have advantages over more conventional neighbors. Anthropologist: Shirin Akiner

The Longest Struggle: Burma (1993, 52 min)

The Karen of Burma have been engaged in a civil war for nearly 50 years over several generations. In a b eautiful village near the front line, inhabitants speak of hardships and hope of freedom. .

The Meo (1972, 53 min)

Before the Vietnam War, the Meo grew maize and opium and lived in villages with their extended families. During the Vietnam War, thousands of males over the age of 14 joined the fighting while tens of thousands of villagers fled to refugee camps. Anthropologist: Jacques Lemoine

Mongolia: The City on the Steppes (1975, 52 min)

The capital city of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, celebrates the 53rd anniversary of the revolution with parades, festivals, wrestling, archery, and horse races. Consultant: Owen Lattimore

Orphans of Passage: Sudan (1993, 52 min)min)

For five years, the Uduk people of southern Sudan have fled civil war and domestic strife. They were attacked by Sudanese government forces, escaped to Ethiopia, and then attacked when the Ethiopian government fell. They have crossed the Sudanese- Ethiopian border five times looking for safety. Even amidst the horror of losing possessions, children, and a way of life, they have survived and been newly influenced by Christianity.

The Pathans (1980, 39 min)

The Islamic Pathans, with a common language and heritage, do not recognize the geographical boundary between Afghanistan and Pakistan which divides their people. They also accept no imposed leadership and fought during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Anthropologist: Akbar Ahmed


Cakchiquel Maya of San Antonio Palopo (1991, 52 min)

The Tunecos who are mostly Catholic, populate San Antonio Palopo, near Guatemala City. They speak Cakchiquel, one of more than 20 extant Mayan languages. Their lakeside village and culture is being affected by contact with the outside world. Anthropologist: Tracy Bachrach Ehlers

Eskimos of Pond Inlet (1977, 52 min)

The Inuits of Pond Inlet live in a new village built by the Canadian government on Baffin island. They are laborers whose children attend government school. These people talk about their lives, lands, and the encroaching culture of the "powerful and frightening whites." Anthropologist: Hugh Brody


Across the Tracks: Vlach Gypsies in Hungary (1988, 52 min)

Two Gypsy families in a village outside Gyongyos, Hungary, struggle to maintain their traditions in a modern communist state. Living in semi-slums, Gypsies are forced by law to work, often for very low wages. Anthropologist: Michael Stewart

An Invisible Enemy (1987, 52 min)

The economic and cultural survival of the Sami reindeer herders of Scandinavia is threatened by radioactive fallout from Chernobyl. Reindeer meet has been contaminated by radiation - up to 133 times the acceptable level - and is often unfit for sale. Sami youth may face a future without reindeer breeding. Anthropologist: Georg Henriksen

We Are All Neighbors: Bosnia (1993, 52 min)

The peaceful coexistence between Croats (Catholic) and Muslims has disintegrated into mutual distrust and fear in a village near Sarajevo. When the Croats take control, Muslim businesses are attacked and homes threatened. Three weeks later, close friends for 50 years no longer speak to each other.


The Kawelka: Ongka's Big Moka (1974, 52 min)

This video explores the Moka, a ceremony among the Kawelka in Papua New Guinea, in which members of the tribe give gifts to members of other tribes. The larger the gift, the greater the victory as status is earned by giving things away, not by acquiring them. Anthropologist: Andrew Strathern

The Lau of Malaita (1987, 51 min)

The Lau who live on man-made coral islands in a South Pacific lagoon have abundant food and no need for money. However, their way of life is threatened by the spread of Christianity and contact with the outside world. Anthropologist: Pierre Maranda

The Trobriand Islanders of Papua New Guinea (1990, 52 min)

This island society just off the eastern tip of Papua New Guinea has a complex system of male authority and female wealth, and magic spells and sorcery pervading everyday life. This video show two important events: the distribution of a woman's wealth after a death and a celebration following the yam harvest. Anthropologist: Annette Weiner; Grand Prix: Bilan du Film Ethnographique Paris, 1991


Embera: The End of the Road (1971, 51 min)

Four hundred years ago in Columbia, the Spaniards tried to enslave and then massacred the Embera Indians. Today, the remaining Embera have been pushed into remote jungle areas. Anthropologist: Ariane Deluz

The Kayapo (1987, 54 min)

This is the first of two programs on the Kayapo of the Brazilian rainforest. When gold was discovered on their land, the Kayapo were forced to become "businessmen" or lose their traditional way of life. Anthropologist: Terry Turner

The Kayapo: Out of the Forest (1989, 52 min)

When the destruction of Brazil's Amazonian rainforest is threatening the existence of its native peoples, the Kayapo are recognized for their political resistence and reassertion of their traditional cultural identity. Anthropologist: Terry Turner

The Mehinacu (1974, 52 min)

Living in a small village near the river, Xingu, in the rainforests of central Brazil, the Mehinacu way of life is threatened by the planned construction of a road through the forest. This video focuses on their annual, month-long Piqui harvest celebration. Anthropologist: Thomas Gregor

The Umbanda: The Problem Solver (1977, 52 min

Umbanda is a religious cult based on centuries-old African tribal rituals; elements of Catholicism are blended with belief in spirit possession. Graphic footage of a weekend ceremony of worship and ritual dancing on the beach of San Paolo. Anthropologist: Peter Fry