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Ewar Kulany carving an ekichielong headrest/stool from elim

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posted on 2023-11-30, 18:55 authored by Samuel DerbyshireSamuel Derbyshire
Several weeks after collecting the wood and beginning the crafting process, Ewar continues work on an ekichielong made from elim. He begins by scraping the surface of the object with a blade and then a broken piece of glass in order to make it smooth. He then buries a piece of goat hide for use the following day in constructing a strap, before starting a fire and using a heated metal spike to burn two holes in the ekichielong foot where the strap will be attached.

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

Burned, Scraped

Materials

Wood-persimmon (Diospyros scabra)

Materials alt

Elim

Cultural context/event

General production

Social group setting

Craftsperson at work alone

Location

Home

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. In this video, Ewar uses a razor blade and then a broken piece of glass to scrape the surface of the ekichielong. In the deeper past, such scraping may have been carried out using obsidian flakes or blades along with other sharpened pieces of metal.

Date of creation

2020-04-21

Unique ID

2019LG02-C003-0310

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