Birds of the Wilderness: The Beauty Competition of the Wodaabe People of Niger
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(Jan 24, 2008)
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The Wodaabe people of southern Niger, West Africa, hold a beauty competition each fall in which young men paint their faces red and wear costumes of white beads and cloth, with white ostrich feathers in their hats, They are judged based on charm and beauty by the young women of the competing clan. This video includes Wodaabe camp life, the feast before the competition, a young men's initiation, lots of young women, the Ruume dance of welcome, a young man applying his makeup, and lengthy, detailed footage of the Geerewal.
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By Brian Larsen on July 2, 2008
I found this film to be full of good anthropological information about how the Wodaabe people live, work, eat, and dress. It shows how their nomadic camps are arranged, water is drawn, cattle and camels are cared for, males are initiated into full fledged adulthood, and what body art practices are prevalent. A large portion of the film is dedicated to the first day of a beauty competition called the Gerewol festival among the young men. The make-up, costumes, jewelry, and dances are all beautifully filmed, and fascinating to watch. This film was a pleasure to view: interesting and educational.
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