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Nakiru and Akure making an atubwa bowl, an ebur oil/fat container and an akaloboch wooden spoon

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posted on 2023-11-30, 18:56 authored by Samuel DerbyshireSamuel Derbyshire
Nakiru and Akure travel high up into the hills in search of wood for a selection of household objects: an atubwa bowl, an ebur container and an akaloboch spoon. All of these objects serve a function in the Asapan ceremony, the atubwa to contain a mixture of blood and milk consumed by elders, the ebur to carry oil/fat to the ritual feast and the akaloboch for a variety of purposes. Objects such as these are also gifted to form new social bonds between the family of the initiate and that of his 'Asapan father'.

Funding

Endangered Material Knowledge Programme

History

Session

C012

Rights owner

Samuel Frederick Derbyshire

Cultural group

Turkana

Participants

Margaret Nakiru Lopwenya , Alice Akure

Country

Kenya

Place

Adap, Turkana

Item/object

Atubwa bowl, ebur oil/fat container, akaloboch spoon

Techniques of production

Cut-cut

Materials alt

Ekuruchanait

Social group setting

Craftspeople working together

Location

Bush

Temporality

Hiking into the hills to cut out appropriate pieces of wood and then travelling back to the homestead takes a full day.

Date of creation

2021-07-07

Unique ID

2019LG02-C012-0785

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