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Women of Morusipo collecting wood to make milk container

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posted on 2023-11-30, 18:54 authored by Samuel DerbyshireSamuel Derbyshire
Loura, Nakiru's husband, standing on a promontory overlooking the Morusipo hill range on a journey with Nasekon, Nakiru and Akure (three women from Morusipo) into the hills to collect commiphora woods (Commiphora schimperi/ekwangurum and Commiphora boviniana/edweite) for the construction of elepit, akurum and apangach milk container.

Funding

Endangered Material Knowledge Programme

History

Session

C002

Rights owner

Samuel Frederick Derbyshire

Cultural group

Turkana

Participants

Loura Echuman Ekaale

Country

Kenya

Place

Morusipo, Turkana

Cultural context/event

Resource collection

Social group setting

Craftspeople working together

Location

Bush

Temporality

To reach the location of the woods required it is necessary to leave the women's homesteads early and trek for several hours. On the way up, the group stop once at a natural spring (roughly 10 am), to drink and bathe. The wood is collected between midday and 1.30 pm. On the way back down, the group stop twice, once in the early afternoon (roughly 2. 30 pm) and once in the mid afternoon (roughly 3-4 pm). On both stops they sit and begin crafting shapes out of the pieces of wood that have been collected. Having left home (at the foot of the hills) shortly after dawn, the group returns again at dusk.

Date of creation

2020-02-11

Unique ID

2019LG02-C002-0039

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