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Adventures on the Upper Nile

 Collection
Identifier: Film Collection no. 2
Charles Oliver O'Donnell (AMNH fellow) and James Lippitt Clark (AMNH vice-director of preparation and exhibition) traveled by steamer, in 1931, up the Nile from Khartoum to Shambe in the Sudan to collect giant eland for the AMNH Hall of African Mammals. Most of the footage was taken from the steamer, and consists of panoramic views of life along the Nile, and of the activities of the expedition staff and the shikaris (native hunters) on board ship. Expedition staff appearing in the film are: leader James Lippitt Clark, assistant leader Charles Oliver O'Donnell, preparator John W. Hope, photographer Jack Robertson, artist and preparator Dudley Blakely, and field assistant William T. Hunt. At Shambe the expedition disembarks and visits a Dinka village in the interior where a mock-combat dance is performed. At the expedition base-camp, about 150 miles from Shambe, staff members clean the skeleton and prepare the skin of a bull eland secured by the hunting party. Attention is also devoted to the collection and preparation in the field of exhibition accessories (rocks, tree branches, moss and other local materials) to be used in dioramas to recreate the habitats. Blakely is shown painting a habitat setting. The following animals appear in the film: white-eared cobs, shoebill storks, ducks, grey herons, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, antelopes, waterbucks, anhingas, ibis, duikers, white rhinoceroses (barely visible), chameleons, lemurs, white herons, elephants, a swarm of locusts 8 miles long, and the expedition mascot, Nis Nas, a small primate.

Dates

  • 1931

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Extent

1 Film Reel (39 minutes) : silent, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (39 minutes)) : silent, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

U-Matic, viewing copy

General

Silent with English subtitles.
General Jack Robertson, photographer.
Title
Adventures on the Upper Nile, 1931
Author
Iris Lee
Date
2018
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Research Library Special Collections Repository

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