Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to the Mortimer Fuller safari film, circa 1930


Collection ID:
circa 1930
Moving image materials are silent; supplementary materials are in English.
Physical Description:
Film reels
50 minutes
black-and-white silent reversal; 1,345 feet

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
Footage shot during a hunting expedition to east Africa including Uganda, Kenya, Egypt, and the Sudan. Footage includes: shipboard ritual of "crossing the equator," passage through the Suez Canal, a local ceremony staged for visitors by Acholi tribesmen, Kikuyu dance, monumental Egyptian sculpture and architecture, and various hunting activities and camps of the safari. A significant feature of this safari footage is the stereotyped interactions of dominance and subordination between African bearers and the wazungu, the local term for Europeans.
Collection contains supplementary materials, namely, sound recordings and annotations (recorded narratives).
Legacy keywords: Ceremony crossing the equator ; Ceremony "engoma" ; Dancing drums ; Adornment headdress ; Architecture monumental ; Sculpture monumental Temple of Abdul Smaal ; Writing pictographic hieroglyphics ; Pottery pottery wheel ; Settlements residential enclosure boma ; Hunting safari native bearers ; Language and culture ; Tourism ; Dance ; Music ; Instruments musical instruments ; Cruise ships ; Kikuyu (African people) ; Acoli (African people)
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.


Custodial History
Previously titled "African Hunting Trip 1930."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Mortimer Fuller c/o Bob Schweitzer, Everhart Museum, in 1983.

Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Conditions Governing Use
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Preferred Citation
Mortimer Fuller safari film, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

More Information

Local Numbers

Local Numbers
HSFA 1983.1.1


Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Africa, East Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Uganda Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Egypt Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sudan Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Safaris Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Travelogues (Motion pictures) Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
silent films Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fuller, Mortimer Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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