Case of the Recurring Wodaabe

Corinne Kratz

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 KratzCorinne KratzCorinne Kratz presenting the membership lecture “Case of the Recurring Wodaabe,” photograph by Jason S. OrdazCorinne KratzCorinne Kratz presenting the membership lecture “Case of the Recurring Wodaabe,” photograph by Jason S. Ordaz

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.

Sponsored by William H. Donner Foundation and The Donner Fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation