Taking Root Film Notes

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Handout for Taking Notes on DVD, Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai General Facts about Kenya The mountain was the inspiration of the people. With the tree dying the frogs and tad poles would disappear. The land was being destroyed. In 1963 britian gives Kenya its independence and a leader kenyaytta takes over. He is a Kenyan but rules the same way Britain did. When he died in 1978 a new leader Moi comes in and does the same type of govt and has a reign of terror and he turns out to be worse than all of the others. . The gbm helped give women a reason to protect their rights as well as environmental rights. They continued to do the same things the Europeans were doing. He died in 1978 and Moi becomes the new president. But the same destruction of land continued. They don’t care about the people even though they are natives themselves. The forest was privatized and stripped naked to plant coffee and tea. They didn’t grow any native foods. Lecturers were arrested because of their opinion and criticized the government. Moi was completely untouched with the problems of his people. Each nation had their own power in the country. Their values include behaviors that seemed salvage life but they treated their environment with respect. They grew their own food had their own religion and didn’t destroy the animal life. They had that for centuries but in the 1800 when European countries started to colonize Africa Britain comes to Kenya and fall in love with the land because its beautiful and has many resources. They look at the land and decide it is 500 yrs behind Britain and they decide to take over but to do that that had to take away the power of the natives by taking away the culture and tradition especially when the older people began to die. One thing that they did was that they killed animals for money and theres no value of the animal that they killed They had their own natives trees example fig trees and they could live off the land. Bio of young girls- she lived out in the land much of the day she was taught to respect nature, she played with tadpoles, froglegs. She was taught that god is in nature. Wangari Maathai bio: childhood through high school 1940. She is a child of the soil. When a child is born the women would go to their farm and would get many fruits and a fat lamb and all of it was given to the mother and then given to the child. Its like introducing you to the land and giving you the fruits of the land and welcome to this world of plenty. It’s a feeling of contentment a feeling that you are one with the land. The world of her childhood was one full of life where children were given stories. She loved visiting her aunt because she had great stories. She had stories about travels, plants, and animals. All the stories ended in a good note. It taught her not to be greedy or selfish, not to trust evil people and to be strong. Her brother suggested that she would go to school and her mother agreed. She longed to be able to write and she was amazed with her cousin that could write in the chalk board and be able to erase it. She
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2010 for the course WRT 101 taught by Professor Sanjule during the Summer '10 term at Arizona.

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