Case of the Recurring Wodaabe
Membership Lecture, The New Mexico History Museum Auditorium
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers
Videography and video editing by SAR volunteer John Sadd Corinne Kratz
The Wodaabe people were little known outside their home region of the Sahel until the 1950s. Filmmakers ranging from Robert Gardner, Werner Herzog, and National Geographic turned their lenses on Wodaabe life, highlighting their elaborate attire and rich ceremonies, particularly the visually spectacular geerewol ceremony. Dr. Kratz traces the remarkable proliferation of these cultural images, and how they are reframed by and for Euro-American audiences.