Amias: Beautiful Stories, Beautiful Jewelery from the land of the Barabaig.
The Honeyguide: Summer 2004
Nichole: On Location in Barabaig Land
What a wild summer! Upon entering the Barabaig villages in early June, Another Land founder and president, Nichole Smaglick, received a goat from the village elders as a ceremonial offering. Since then, though, it has been all hustle, sweat, and grit, as Nichole has led a groundbreaking documentary film expedition on the Barabaig for the National Geographic Channel. Through mid-July, the film crew from Tremendous Entertainment shot footage of ceremonies and interactions that have rarely been seen by Western eyes nonetheless captured on film, from the burial of a revered rainmaker to the coming-of-age journey of a young Barabaig bride.
With the documentary now being edited, we will keep you posted on its development. It has unlimited potential, not only as a rare document of East African culture and a great story, but also as a means to empower the Barabaig, a pastoral people in Tanzania who have long struggled to preserve their traditional culture. Look for the film adventure to broadcast next year.
Amias: Beautiful Things, Beautiful Beginnings
With the film shoot over, Nichole has moved on to other projects, from guiding Another Land travelers through the natural splendor of northern Tanzania to launching a jewelry project with Barabaig women. Recently incorporated, Amias, which means "beautiful things" in Barabaig language, will soon have samples of exquisite traditional Barabaig jewelry for purchase. From belts to rings to necklaces, Amias will tell the personal stories of the very women who design and fashion each item. For pre-orders, please contact Another Land soon.
Spend Your Winter with Gorillas and Lemurs
Before we know it, the temperatures will fall in the US, which all translates into the time of year to plan for your next East African adventure. Another Land continues to expand with an excellent program in Madagascar, a magnificent Indian Ocean island renowned for the exotic Malagasy culture and, of course, its rare lemurs. Madagascar is home, in fact, to 90% of the world's lemur population. Its renowned national parks, such as the evergreen forests of the Perinet Reserve, also draw many a devoted birdwatcher who go in search of some of the world's most rare and stunningly beautiful birds.
If you want to get close to a primate of entirely different proportions, the great mountain gorillas of Uganda have long attracted Another Land travelers. Uganda's Bwindi "Impenetrable Forest" National Park is home to half of the world's mountain gorilla population. Travelers may use words like "mystical," "majestic" and "sublime" in telling of the great apes and the moment of being in their presence. Nevertheless, they often return home in a silence that will remain as powerful and profound as when they trekked through the misty mountain rainforest. The Cultured Traveler, an online publication, recently published an article about gorilla trekking by Another Land safari specialist, Jeremy O'Kasick.
(To read that article, log onto: http://www.theculturedtraveler.com/Archives/JUN2004/Gorillas.htm#)
As the Barabaig expeditions have really taken off, we have already begun planning our Ultimate Rainmakers safari for the summer of 2005. Reserve your spot for next year.
Upon her return, one of our travelers over this summer described her experience: "The Barabaig are some of the most gracious and generous people I have ever met. I ground dried corn, tried on traditional outfits, sang and danced, and played with the children. It was a humbling experience and I actually cried like a baby when I had to leave."
Tutaonana marafiki (We'll see each other again friends)
Nichole will be back soon with so many stories to tell that we may have to turn the Honeyguide into a weekly publication! So take it easy for the rest of your summer and cool off in the best way you know how like the Hippo.
East African Tourism Growing, Preserving Environment
According to the East African newspaper, Tanzania recently established a new game reserve along the Rufiji River. Mpanga/Kipengere will be the nation's 16th game reserve and it will protect the Rujiji river basin to ensure that water still flows cleanly and freely into southern Tanzania. The Great Ruaha River drains into the basin and is the main water source for many in the region. Mpanga may become another one of the magnificent reserves of Tanzania's less-traveled, joining Ruaha National Park and the Selous Game Reserve, both of which you can explore through Another Land. Safari njema!
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