The Bapende of the Belgian Congo
Scope and Contents
Harry L. Shapiro, anthropologist, is introduced as the expert on the topic and addresses the subject of acculturation in relation to the traditional culture and to the benefits of modern medicine. Shapiro narrates the footage on the Bapende (i.e. Pende) people in the Belgian Congo (now Zaire) excerpted from the filmmaker Andř Couvin's film Bongolo. Native costumes and dances used during a boy's initiation ceremony, black magic demonstrations, and other unique aspects of the culture are seen. The program discusses the success of the Belgian govern ment at introducing ideas of modern medicine to the natives.
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Language of Materials
1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.
1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy
Other Finding Aids
Finding aid: script.
Original format: 16mm kinescope.
Originally aired March 7, 1954 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.
Charles Collingwood, host; Lamar Caselli, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Robert Northshield, assistant producer; Phyllis Kremer, writer; Leon Rice, editorial supervisor; Jac Venza, production design.
- The Bapende of the Belgian Congo, 1954
- Iris Lee
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