THE NUBA - MASAKIN - QISAR
From 1962 till 1977 Leni Riefenstahl had been living as the first
white woman with a special permission issued by the Sudanese government
in the remote valleys of the central Sudan among the mysterious
Nabu tribes, had studied their way of life and recorded it on
film in pictures of unusual fascination for eternity. Particularly
the circumstance that through the advance of civilization the
Nuba's way of life is approaching its irreversible end is giving
these picture documents a unique anthropological, ethnological
and cultural-historical importance.
Who are the Nuba?
Since the outbreak of the civil war in 1983 there have been living
in the central Sudan in the Kordofanian province in the Nuba mountains
still between 8,000 and 10,000 Masakin Quisar Nuba of different
language groups and far from any civilization out of all Nuba
tribes counting about half a million people all together. The
Austrian anthropologist S.F. Nadel reported that there should
have existed 105 different Nuba languages, not dialects but different
languages as there are in Europe.
With these sensational pictures, Leni Riefenstahl raised an everlasting
monument to this no warlike people in Africa.