The Kwegu

The Kwegu

Streaming Video - 2012
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Along the banks of the Omo River in southwestern Ethiopia, an almost feudal relationship plays out between the 500-strong Kwegu, a small group of hunters and cultivators, and the Mursi, who number 5,000. Every Kwegu offers ferrying, honey-gathering, and metalworking services to his Mursi patron. In exchange, the Mursi offers security - defending his Kwegu from attack by other members of the stronger tribe - and the all-important cattle, without which, in the complex tribal bride-price rituals, no Kwegu marriage can take place nor Kwegu children thus be born. Unfortunately for both Mursi and Kwegu, their mutually profitable relationship cannot last much longer. With birth rates falling among the already depleted Kwegu, and once-taboo intermarriages becoming more accepted, the Kwegu are gradually being absorbed into the tribe of the Mursi.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c1982
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (52 min.) :,sd., col

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