Jackson Collection: 22: Bread making; children's drama and school activities

This film is held by the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum (ID: 2005/092/022).


Gold Coast. Northern Territories. Inter Title "Mbofraturo. Bread making." On a large table in the courtyard outside back door of house 3 young girls (2 of whom are African, the third is light skinned and looks European) make bread. They start with the preparation of the flour to which is added water. Dough formed which is then kneaded into the shapes of bread rolls using modern kitchen utensils. The prepared bread rolls are then placed on a large tray, which is carried away on her head by one of the young girls away to the oven for baking. Inter Title: "The Pied Piper." Young School children in African costume perform a play in the grounds and immediately in front of veranda of large building (a residential school?). The children enact the story of The Pied Piper of Hamlin who rids the city of Hamlin of its rats only to be refused payment for his work. In revenge he enchants the children of the city with his flute playing and leads them out from the city. The ruler of Hamlin is presented as an African chief who sits on a throne under his African ceremonial umbrella and surrounded by his courtiers, the smallest children dressed up in costume play the "Rats". There is no visible audience for the performance but a middle aged British teacher is glimpsed briefly supervising from behind a pillar of the veranda. Inter Title "Elementary Geog. Village. Market. Station. Country Dancing." Outdoor village school where very small children are given lessons in which they use the models that have been made and laid out on the ground of a village, a market and a railway station. They pretend to go about the daily tasks. Teenage African girls are taught "Country Dancing " by a British lady teacher. They practice in groups on the school's fields. A group of more mature girls then practice "Scottish Highland Dancing" in a more sedate fashion. A performance of the dancing is then is given to British guests who watch from the veranda of the school. A group of very young children then dance for the guests and have their faces studied in detail.

Production / Donor Details: Donor's grandfather, Sir Francis Walter F Jackson was Chief Commissioner, Gold Coast (Ghana) 1934-36.



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