In conjunction with the exhibition Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley, the Fowler museum presents 13 Months of Sukur: Africa's First World Heritage Cultural Landscape
Made over the course of 17 years, this ethnographic film by Nic David (Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, University of Calgary) shows the complete seasonal cycle of the Sukur people of Nigeria's Mandara Mountains. The 13 Months of Sukur reveals how Sukur’s technology, society and ideology as expressed in ceremonies interact with the environment to produce a landscape that is inherited, maintained and always in a process of becoming. A wide range of traditional technologies—among them iron smelting, architecture and basketry—are introduced, as are core anthropological concepts such as clan and caste.
Judy Sterner, head of the Department of Liberal Studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design and David’s collaborator on the film, offers an introduction that sketches the complex interactions and varying agendas of the Sukur community, state and national agencies, and international non-governmental entities.
Questions and discussion to follow the film screening.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
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