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Ewar Kulany collecting wood and beginning to make an ekichielong headrest/stool

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posted on 2023-11-30, 18:55 authored by Joseph Ekidor Nami
Ewar walks into the Morusipo hill range with colleagues to seek out an elim tree. Having found one, he finds an appropriate branch and cuts it off, commencing the constrution of an ekichielong headrest/stool. After an initial failed attempt, due to a crack in the first piece of wood selected, and with some assistance from a visiting friend, he crafts a second piece into the rough form of an ekichielong, ready to be refined over the days ahead.

Funding

Endangered Material Knowledge Programme

History

Session

C003

Rights owner

Samuel Frederick Derbyshire

Cultural group

Turkana

Participants

Ewar Emeri Kulany

Country

Kenya

Place

Morusipo, Turkana

Item/object

Headrest/stool (ekichielong)

Techniques of production

Cut-chip-cut, Cut-cut

Materials

Wood-persimmon (Diospyros scabra)

Materials alt

Elim

Cultural context/event

Resource collection

Social group setting

Craftspeople working together

Location

Bush

Temporality

The form of ekichielong made by Ewar on this occasion is more or less ubiquitous across Turkana today. In the deeper past, other forms of ekichielong were made, such as those reffered to as emakuk and aporokocho in contemporary times. Neither of these two past forms of headrest/stool are common today.

Date of creation

2020-03-01

Unique ID

2019LG02-C003-0314

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