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CLIP 10420

A Suri stick fight

A Suri stick fight

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Key Info
  • A Suri stick fight
  • Duration: 02:18
  • The explorer Bruce Parry observes a traditional Suri donga or stick-fighting competition. Tribesmen from different Suri villages are pitted against each other and, although strict rules are set in place, injuries are commonplace. The most successful fighters are rewarded with respect and prestige. This clip was first published as part of the BBC Tribe website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    People and the Environment: Tribes

  • Keywords: Africa, Bruce Parry, competition, culture, donga, Ethiopia, ritual, saginay, sport, stick fighting, Suri, tribe
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful in the context of a unit on cultural understanding and diversity or a study of people and their environment. Ask your learners to produce a first-hand account describing what it is like to participate in a Suri stick-fighting competition.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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