Another Land Honeyguide

December 2008

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The Story of the Honeyguide
Our periodic email newsletter is named after the Greater Honey Guide, a bird that has developed the remarkable habit of leading tribespeople to wild bees' nests, with the promise of honeycomb and grubs once the humans have opened the nest and taken the honey.

The complementary relationship shared by bird and human represents the newsletter's goal - to periodically lead readers to new and timely bits of information about East African wildlife, culture, and travel.

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Bizarre Foods, Another Land and Uganda Tonight

Andrew Zimmern in Uganda
Many of you know us for our travel and Amias Project division. Today, we'd like to update you on what we have been doing in our media division. For starters, this summer we field produced three Africa shows for Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern in Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. The Ethiopia show aired in November and Tanzania will air in the Spring. Yet, TONIGHT, the Uganda show will premier!
To see Andrew Zimmern eat cane rat, raw crocodile and musical ants, tune into the Travel Channel at 10:00 pm ET.
(For those out there who have travelled on one of our Uganda trips, you may recognize a few faces!)

All the Best,

The Story of Africa: Live it, Watch it, and Wear it. 

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Bela Fleck Documentary and Recordings 
 Bela Fleck in Africa

For years, the founder of Another Land, had a dream of bringing Bela Fleck, renowned banjo virtuoso, to Africa to play with some of her favorite traditional musicians. After presenting him with  sample field recordings and  African instruments to try out, Bela Fleck decided to bring the banjo back home to Africa . . . specifically Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia and Mali.
Another Land focused on the East African portion of the musical journey and brought groups of musicians who played enormous stringed harps, massive bath-tub sized thumb pianos, thundering xylophones and more.
Joining Bela was a superb team of videographers and recording engineers.  The recently released documentary, "Throw Down Your Heart", has won several awards and will tour internationally in 2009. A CD of the music will also be released sometime in 2009. We'll keep you posted! 


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The Ik of Uganda 
 Expedition to the Ik
Another Land was contacted by the award winning filmmaker, Cevin Soling, to assist him in organizing an expedition to film a documentary on Ik culture. The Ik were the topic of a controversial book, called "Mountain People", by Colin Turnbull who basically claimed that the culture was based on selfishness.
Organizing the expedition was no easy task, as the Ik live in one of the most remote areas of northern Uganda and face frequent, deadly raids by neighboring tribesmen. Fortunately, we were able to recruit David Pluth, an internationally renowned photographer with 10 years of experience in Northern Uganda, to join the team. This team grew in size as over 30 porters were needed to haul the gear into and out of the remote mountain range.
Our stay with the Ik, was less about revelations on selfishness, but more on the precarious situations that the Ik survival is based upon. The Ik documentary is still in post-production, but you can see a sneak peak on Youtube.  


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John Frum
 John Frum
After surviving the Ik adventure, Cevin Soling, Another Land and team were off to document another remote cultural phenomenon, the John Frum movement on the island of Tanna, Vanuatu. Every February, male John Frum followers march in blue jeans with the letters USA painted red upon their chests. The John Frum movement is what many call a cargo cult, many of which sprung up around WWII on remote Pacific Islands. John Frum followers believe in cultural conservation, a currency free economy, and a prophecy of gifts in the form of infrastructure and, well, stuff. This prophecy was given to them by an American WWII serviceman by the name John (John from America = John Frum).
Our crew traveled to the island of Tanna on two consecutive years to document the contemporary movement and its leaders. As part of the documentary, the John Frum community was presented with mounds of cargo as gifts. This cargo, in turn, lead to jealous, selfish scheming by non-followers. In short, this little island of Tanna could have been the set for the next melodrama soap opera! We don't want to spoil the punch line, so you will have to wait for the documentary's release. To learn more, check out the project's website.

In NgorongoroOther Projects 
Over the past few years, we have created promotional documentaries for various countries and national parks, such as Sierra Leone and Ngorongoro Conservation Authority. We'll share some clips from these projects on our website, soon. Some of the adventures on these projects include learning the important lesson of when to run when an elephant charges!
Next project entails creating a video for Rwanda in early 2009.