Epaya Rayo sets off in search of the right shape of wood, he cuts it out and begins working on the stool, at the end of the day, he buries it to keep it moist.
Rights ownerSamuel Frederick Derbyshire
Item/objectVery old form of ekichielong stool/headrest referred to by many as 'aporokocho'
Techniques of productionCut-cut, Cut-chip-cut
MaterialsWood-commiphora (Commiphora schimperi), Akimet a ekal, Animal-camel fat
Social group settingCraftsperson at work alone
TemporalityThis form of stool/headrest is no longer made or used in Turkana. Photographs and objects in museums around the world attest to the fact that during the late 19th and early 20th century, most men used thin, two legged stools like this. During a group discussion session in Moru Sipo, the history of this object was discussed in depth (2019LG-02-G002-0001). Some have argued that, following the early years of the 20th century, the emakuk form took over and became ubiquitous across the male population, causing women to adopt the so-called older 'aporokocho' form (the form made by Epaya Rayo here). Photographs from around the time of independence (1963) show men using a variety of emakuks and more recent forms, but none holding this older, thin, two-legged stool. No examples remain in contemporary use, and very few people remember seeing them.
Date of creation2021-01-30