Chad obtained independence 28th November 1961 but due to extreme heat, festivals are only held during cool season on 11th Jan each year.
Roll No: 1
(This role may be soft focus as I didn't realise the markings were in feet instead of metres).
view a main European Street with moorish type white-washed buildings.
typical Chadian on bicycle.
French woman crossing street.
Chadian woman walking with big calabashes on their heads.
Chadian flag at top of Tourist Office.
Frenchman crossing the road with his inevitable bottles of wine.
another couple of Chadian women with loads.
Roll No: 2
local handcarved souveniers on display on ground for sale, all copper work depicting animals, also male and female masks.
seller shows copper camel (Arab things)
another offers coloured plumes.
War Memorial with Fort Lamy Cathedral background.
view entrance - a military camp in middle of town on Independence Square called "Camp Koufa".
Roll No: 3
Chadian and French schoolboys, all barefooted, play leap-frog with Cathedral in background.
Cathedral - stained glass cross.
The Presidential office building.
Roll No: 4
Guard outside Camp Koufra and CU guard.
line of Northern Moslems, man in white turban.
dancers (see sound tape)
woman dancer with picture of Abe Lincoln and Kennedy on her skirt
drummers (see sound tape)
Roll No: 5
the Chari River and sign.
activity on river bank - men cleaning weeds to make kebab scewers.
Chari Bridge - only large bridge in the country 350 metres long just outside Fort Lamy.
man batheing at river bank.
man with large bundle of weeds upon his head.
Roll No: 6
Fort Lamy mosque seen in foreground.
pan down minarette to mosque.
Chadian men selling cotton cloth.
MCU Chadian money in hand - called CFA
Street view local commercial street.
Roll No: 7
pyramids of sacks containing peanuts.
typical peasants home ext.
typical bourgeois home with car in front.
(rolling shot) French driver - army truck.
man carrying two huge loads of straw.
view typical terrain - very few trees.
Roll No: 8
pan from straw houses on Chad side to across Chira River to Camerouns on other side.
couple kids next to their straw homes.
telegraph - telephone- P.O.office building entrance closed (due to lunch hour - but good for Library.)
cattle in Fort Lamy corral (all Moslem owned)
(Note 1: National production is cotton - which is mainly Sara tribe-Christian Chadian-)
(Note 2: 2nd product is cattle which is all Moslem owned (Northerners))
(Note 3: 3rd. product is peanuts - divided between Christians and Moslem.)
Roll No: 9 + 10
Independence Parade on 11th January 1967 - note Roll 10 is the only one that is not numbered.
10 Rolls of Kodakchrome 2.
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Background: Chad obtained independence 28th November 1961 but due to extreme heat, festivals are only held during cool season on 11th Jan each year. This custom started in 1963.