Anthropology
9/23/15

The Nature of a Continent: Africa: A Triple Heritage

This film discussed Africa’s history and nature, going into detail about the geography of the continent, as well as its’ heritage. Ali Mazrui discussed the different cultures that make up countries in the continent. He also educated us on the different religions and how they conformed those cultures into what they are now.
I learned plenty from this movie. For example, the Nile was really what funded the earliest civilizations with what they needed. In this case, the Egyptians were able to transport along the river and use it for different types of resources, ultimately allowing them to build the first great civilization. That right there is evidence that geography can be the mother of history. Without that Nile River, that civilization would no be there. Mosques are very common in some African countries. These buildings are places for worship and education. The term triple heritage comes from the three main influences that make up a lot of African civilizations today: Traditional Africa, Islam, and the West. Whites (Europeans) were what made up the majority of the Western population. They were described as power-hungry, and always wanting a higher status.
I can relate to this movie because although it is not even a bit close to what the Africans are dealing with, at the moment, I still have a great respect for water. I am thankful for every drop and conserve as much as I can. We are fortunate to have fresh clean water.
This movie relates to the chapters by going over the different cultures and how they have adapted to their surrounding, which is what the definition of cultural anthropology is centered around.