First Film Journal

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Wilson 1 Brenden Wilson Professor Seaman Anthropology 263 February 25, 2011 Film Journal #1 The short film The Rite of Passage documents the coming of age ritual that takes place in the !Kung community. In this community meat is highly desired and is not something that is always available. The film centers on /Ti!kay shooting his first large antelope and the ceremony that follows. The ceremony is a rite of passage from childhood to manhood and is similar to many other cultures. In the !Kung community when a boy shoots his first large antelope other members of the community help him track the wounded animal the rite of passage ceremony begins. In this film, /Ti!kay tracks the wounded antelope with his father Kan//a and they eventually find it around seven miles away from their home. Even though /Ti!kay killed the antelope, he was not allowed to touch it or enjoy his kill which is representative of him still being a boy and not yet matured to an adult male. The other men from his village are the ones who skin the boy’s animal and enjoy eating the meat.
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