"Dances with Wodaabes" ! [ a must see ] - please read the pdf file
In the heart of the Nigerien Sahel, far off the beaten "asphalt" track, thousands of Fulbe Wodaabe nomads gather every year for a gigantic ceremony named the geerewol.
For seven full days and nights, following the solar cycle, two lineages are opposed in a genuine ritual war, with for only weapons song and dance.
The stakes of war, the clear challenge: stealing women.
The ultimate purpose: to break in peace after having mutually expressed recognition of cultural conformity.
According to the Wodaabes, giving up these ceremonies - the only gathering where community links are woven - would entail their dissolution as an original cultural entity.
But the ecological crisis striking Sahel makes the organization of such gatherings more and more difficult.
As a result of ten years' research and friendship, the film is based on an active listening of the ritual's protagonists : fearing that the tradition may die out, they chose to tell us their experiences and their understanding of the event.
Their words gradually shed a whole new light on the ritual and sumptuous choreographic cycle that plays out before our eyes.
'Dance with the Wodaabes' is my first documentary. It was finished in January 2010.
The film won the first prize Nanook-Jean Rouch at the 'Festival International Jean Rouch 2010' in Paris and the second prize at the 'Festival du Film de chercheur 2010'.
Sandrine Loncke is an Ethnomusicologist! [ This is what I have always inspired to become! Glenn ]
This exhibition has been co-organized by the National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Drawing from more than 17,000 objects in the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, Cerámica de los Ancestros is a celebration of Central America’s diverse and dynamic ancestral heritage. For thousands of years, Central America has been home to vibrant civilizations, each with unique, sophisticated ways of life, value systems, and arts. The ceramics these peoples left behind, combined with recent archaeological discoveries, help tell the stories of these dynamic cultures and their achievements.
The early histories of Central American cultures follow similar paths. By 1500 BC, people had settled in large villages, where they cultivated, hunted, and gathered wild foods. Maize agriculture supported growing populations, and distinct forms of status, leadership, belief systems, and arts emerged regionally. Social and trade networks connected Central American communities to peoples in South America, Mesoamerica, and the Caribbean, sharing knowledge, technology, artworks, and systems of status and political organization.
Europeans’ arrival brought further changes. Native peoples have often struggled to maintain distinct identities and lifeways, or have merged with dominant cultures. Despite these changes, the legacy of Central America’s civilizations continues to resonate in their descendants’ lives and those of other Central Americans.
Cerámica de los Ancestros looks at seven regions representing distinct Central American cultural areas. These regions are today part of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.
Accompanied by an interactive website, a landmark publication, and a full schedule of educational and public programs, Cerámica de los Ancestros represents a pioneering effort by the Smithsonian to promote a better understanding of the creative pre-Contact cultures of Central America while engaging a new Latino audience.