Throughout history Africa’s development has been depicted by western media press by potraying negativity and overwhelmingly focusing on crisis and disaster
Throughout history Africa’s development has been depicted by western media press by potraying negativity and overwhelmingly focusing on crisis and disaster: conflicts, wars, famine, disease, poverty and enviornmental degradations. In the film “The Gods Must Be Crazy” this reoccuring stigma was presented as an attempt to show African civilizations as people required white stewardship because they didn’t have the wherewithal to contain themselves.”He was there below me, and, upon my word, to look at him was as edifying as seeing a dog in a parody of breeches and a feather hat, walking on his hindlegs “(conrad). Westen socitities failed to see Africans as fully human, a side effect of the slave trade and colonialism. And with this false perception they put out they tried to make the slave trade seem merciful as if they we captizing the people for the well being of themselves. With this repetitive narritive of a inferior civilization it is imperative to immerse one’s self in internal sources such as Sunjata that displays a first hand experience rather than the outside looking in.
Technology plays a vital role in modern life and in terms of mankind evolution can be seen can be seen in the technology evolution. When you make history about Africa plain and simple you can say anything about them. Throughout “TGMBC” the Kalahari tribe in the movie is represented as backwards, unchanging, and distant from any common history shared with the Western societies. The group that the movie focuses on are the “kalahari” which is a tribal group that has adapted to their environment and learned to survive the harsh terrain. Adaptaption is vital for survival in any enviornment. The Kalahari are a simple people, they live in small tight knit communities consisting of family. In contrast they show the western society which refused to adapt to their enviornment instead they changed the enviornment to adapt to them. In the movie we also see how changes in the environment can impact societies and their culture. There isn’t any ownership among them because they dont have much, they create a enviornment of communal ownership. The Kalahari developed a sharing system which quickly ended in turmoil, which led to the coke bottle posing as a problem to them. The coke bottle was perceived by them as a new technology, used as a labor saving device (TGMBC). With their belief that everything was put on earth by God, and that all such items were therefore beneficial and good.Throughout the film there seems to be a recurring narritive of technology and the inadqueates of the advanced technology used by Western society.
As opposed to the movie, Sunjata, which is a internal source that depicts the complexities of a post colonial African society. The story is about politics, smuggling strangers into a royal lineage to diversify the dalilu. “Dalilu is magic, used to achieve a goal.” (Sunjata 5)Dalilu was seen as power that has the ability to structure imperial politics and sociopolitical debate.Throughout the story, dalilu is monitered by strict rules of conduct. Magic isn’t something that sorcerers or witches can use without cause or reason, and the story implies that doing so results in a person’s downfall. This idea is first introduced when “Dankaran Tuman makes an assassination attempt on Sunjata by sending nine sorceresses to kill him” (Sunjata 52). The elements of magic and fantasy also illustrate divides between good and evil, and support the importance of fate and destiny.magic is described as something that he can’t simply possess just by being destined for heroism.Throughout the battles of the story, Sundiata consistently sacrifices cocks, rams, and bulls, and in return, increased dalilu. While Sundiata is a very powerful man in his own right. This pre-colonial African history is much more complex than western medias have potrayed.
When it comes to the roles of men and women theres a difference in the dynamic of the way that the women and men interact with one another in pre-colonial Africa of Sunjata versus Post-colonial that is shown in”TGMBC”. In the Malian society as depicted in the book Sundiata, women are shown in a place unattached and unequal to men. During this time patriarchy was prevalent in their society, during this period women were allowed very few rights and power. While women had limited abilitie Sassouma Berete, the first wife of Maghan Kon wondered “What would become of her, if her son were disinherited (Sundiata, 13)”, with the assumption of that without Maghan (a powerful male figure) she would be removed of her privilege. Throughout the book women are defined only in relationship to men who hold higher positions of authority and often control the women with whom they are in relations with. In Sunjata, the politics evident are based on family relations and powerful lineages. Throughout their politics, powerful women are used to benefit men by acting as intermediaries in between men and their conquest for more dalilu. Women are valued when they are able to provide a son or marry into a distinguished family because their presence allows for a prominent lineage to continue. For example, Do Kamissa’s powerful dalilu is sought after, and eventually taken(Sunjata 34-35), in order to ensure that Maghan Konfara fathers a powerful son with Sogolon.
Nonetheless, In “TGMBC” men and women live together in a post-colonial coexisting in harmony. Both the men and women had their designated roles within the Kalahari tribes, the men hunt and gather and the women tend to the village and children. In the Kalahari community, the people with political power gain their important positions through their age, and one would also expect through knowledge. Typically this political system is done in Xi’s society, because the Bushmen dont contain a long life expectancy. This depiction degates the societal complexities of pre-colonial africa.