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Title Disappearing world. Masai women / produced and directed by Chris Curling ; researcher/anthropologist, Melissa Llewelyn-Davies
Published London, England : Royal Anthropological Institute, 1974
Online access available from:
Ethnographic Video Online    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (55 min.)
Series Ethnographic video online, volume 2
Summary The Masai are cattle herders living in the East African rift valley: they grow no crops and are proud of being a non-agricultural people. Cattle are the all-important source of wealth and social status, and Masai love their cattle, composing poems to them. However, it is the men who have exclusive control over rights to cattle, and women are dependent, throughout their lives, on a man - father, husband or son - for rights of access to property. A woman's status as 'daughter', 'wife' or 'mother' is therefore crucial and this film examines with depth and sensitivity the social construction of womanhood in Masai society, concentrating upon women's attitudes to their own lives. The film details a series of events in women's lives, from their circumcision ceremonies which mark their transition from girlhood to womanhood, to the moment when they proudly watch their sons make the transition to elderhood in the eunoto ceremony
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed October 28, 2014)
Previously released as DVD
In English
Subject Women, Maasai -- Kenya.
Maasai (African people)
Women, Maasai.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Curling, Chris, director
Llewelyn-Davies, Melissa, researcher
Granada Television International.