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.
Rights ownerSamuel Frederick Derbyshire
ParticipantsEwar Emeri Kulany
Techniques of productionBurned, Scraped
MaterialsWood-persimmon (Diospyros scabra)
Cultural context/eventGeneral production
Social group settingCraftsperson at work alone
TemporalityThe 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 creation2020-04-21