VIDEOS IN THE DISAPPEARING WORLD SERIES
AVAILABLE AT ABLAH LIBRARY, WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
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
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
of Afghanistan. Anthropologist: Akbar Ahmed
CENTRAL AND NORTH AMERICA
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:
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
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: