• Short Summary

    At Orlando, the huge native location to the South of Johannesburg on November 24, the Isambana African Medical Research Institute Association held its annual congress.

  • Description


    Reel One. One Finger slats.



    General scene of delegates dancing the Sangoma dance, part of the ritual they perform when meeting..



    ditto LS with pan



    ditto high shot



    repeat



    The President, Howard Hthembu taking with the host delegates from Orlando



    The President Howard Hthembu, he does not speak English



    Delegates from Cape Province, Xosa tribe.



    Reel Two.



    CU Northern Transvaal, Paul Fotgeitererust, delegates confer with president.



    ditto



    ditto with drum from second member.



    foretelling the future of the meeting with aid of bones and much holding of the head.



    They stay for a few days and visit friends and patients then return to their homes.




    Initials



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: At Orlando, the huge native location to the South of Johannesburg on November 24, the Isambana African Medical Research Institute Association held its annual congress. It sounds like just another meeting of eminent medical men -- similar to the conferences of the British Medical Council.

    But this was different: for the members of the Isambana African Medical Research Institute, as they prefer to be known, are WITCH DOCTORS.

    Wearing congressional badges, in the manner of their white counterparts, they came from all parts of Southern Africa to talk, dance, exchange ritualistic remedies and practice their 'cures'.

    There was clairvoyance, too, with much head-holding and the study of a miscellany of bone charms.

    The witch doctors, these days are fighting a losing battle for survival; but they still cherish hopes of retaining some of their standing by offering their secret remedies to white people.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7V0X0XUA0YWYJ3QLKZLZ9P530
    Media URN:
    VLVA7V0X0XUA0YWYJ3QLKZLZ9P530
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/11/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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