Segments in this Video

10 Years Later (01:35)


The Mursi see television for the first time. They watch their own story depicted on screen. A member of the Kwegu tribe is the main focus on film. Since the first film, the Mursi suffer the effects of drought and famine.

A Search by Second Class People (02:47)

Darchu, a Kwegu, man arrives at a Mursi village to retrieve a gun lost in the river. The Kwegu have superior river skills but are dominated by the Mursi. Darchu's search is unsuccessful.

Kwegu Way (02:38)

The Kwegu live permanently along the Omo River. The Mursi's commitment to cattle keeps them on the move. Alaka is a cultivation site for the Kwegu and the Mursi.

Separate in the Same Culture (03:41)

The layout of the huts in the settlement depict the relationship between the Kwegu and the Mursi. The Kwegu are very aware of their separate identity. The Kwegu's lack of cattle defines their social status.

My Kwegu (02:54)

The Kwegu and Mursi are polygamists. A Mursi priest, and patron, visits Darchu. Mursi patrons discuss their role in providing cattle so that the Kwegu can marry. The threat of force keeps the Kwegu in their place.

Kwegu Water Services (02:52)

Most Kwegu are canoe experts. For the Mursi, no Kwegu service is more important than their skill with canoes. Darchu's Mursi tells him to be ready with the canoe.

Honey is in Demand (02:40)

Darchu finds a bee's nest and gathers honey. Honey is an important part in the Kwegu-Mursi relationship. The Mursi use honey in a variety of ways. The Kwegu are in a position to choose their patron, but they must have one.

Mursi Status and Power (02:28)

A Mursi is looking for a Kwegu client; his Kwegu found a patron among the Bodi. A work team clears a new cultivation site along the Omo River. A Mursi with a Kwegu has access to additional resources and an elevated status.

Canoe Construction (02:36)

Darchu's father-in-law is in charge of building a canoe for another Kwegu. Several Kwegu work together constructing the canoe. A man spits water into the canoe and says a blessing.

Daytime Dance (02:16)

Underneath the shade tree in Alaka, young Mursi men and women dance. The men have just arrived with their herds; it is almost harvest time. Kwegu men are allowed to join the dance but there are strict rules regarding Mursi women.

Bride Negotiations (09:29)

Negotiations for a Kwegu wedding take place in a settlement near Alaka. The principle purpose is to determine the bride wealth. After lengthy negotiations the Bodi patron and the bride's father reach an agreement.

Kwegu Dependency (04:45)

Darchu's family gathers to eat. The Kwegu use animals in bride negotiations because the Mursi insist upon it. Darchu clears his new cultivation site along the Omo River. A Mursi patron makes a Kwegu feel secure.

Mursi are Essential for Kwegu Existence (01:24)

Darchu plays a game with a group of Mursi. The Kwegu appear content with their relationship with the Mursi.

Are the Kwegu Finished? (04:08)

Darchu sets an antelope trap. The Kwegu's relationship with the Mursi is changing; a more evident merging of the group appears. Mursi taboos against the Kwegu are fading and marriage between the groups is now permitted.

Social Inequalities, a Natural Order (03:43)

The new Kwegu canoe is ready for launching. Most of the launching party members are Mursi. The Kwegu cannot imagine life without the Mursi. Experts learn that hundreds of Mursi migrated in search of cool ground.

Credits: The Kwegu—In Search of Cool Ground II—The Mursi Trilogy: Disappearing World (00:50)

Credits: The Kwegu—In Search of Cool Ground II—The Mursi Trilogy: Disappearing World

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This second part of The Mursi Trilogy documents the changes in the life of the Kwegu tribe of southwestern Ethiopia as drought and famine drive them into contact with the outside world. This small group of hunters and cultivators are regarded by the cattle-herding Mursi as very much the lesser tribe, scorned as "the men without cattle." Yet the Mursi depend on the Kwegu for hunting, gathering, and metalworking services—and, being nervous of water, they rely on the Kwegu to ferry them across the Omo to their fertile planting and grazing grounds. In exchange, the Mursi provide protection and the cattle the Kwegu need for their complex tribal bride-price rituals. Part of the series Disappearing World. (51 minutes)

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL49242

ISBN: 978-1-62290-561-4

Copyright date: ©1982

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