This week we visited Chanute, Kansas to get some work done on our HitchHiker at the factory. One of the highlights of a visit to Chanute is the Safari Museum where the accomplishments and legacy of Martin and Osa Johnson - their films, photographs, expedition reports, correspondence and personal memorabilia - are housed at the museum. It is such an interesting place, I decided to devote this message to a summary of the accomplishments of this extraordinary and little known couple. Some of you might have heard of them, but I had no idea who they were.
Mbuti pygmies at Bwana Sura, in the eastern Congo, pose here along with Osa for a group photograph in, on, and around her Willys Knight automobile. This entire community of Mbutis agreed to assemble their whole village outside of the dense Ituri Forest they normally called home so that the Johnsons’ cameras would have enough light to function and a film of this community going about their daily lives could be produced.
In the first half of the 20th century an American couple from Kansas
named Martin and Osa Johnson captured the public's imagination through their
films and books of adventure in exotic, far-away lands. Photographers,
explorers, naturalists and authors, Martin and Osa studied the wildlife and
peoples of East and Central Africa, the South Pacific Islands and British North
Borneo. They explored then unknown lands and brought back knowledge of
cultures thousands of miles away through their films, writings and lectures.
For more information about the Safari Museum visit their website at http://www.safarimuseum.com/.
This weekend we are visiting with daughter Lisa and her husband Marc in Denver. You’ve already met Lisa and Marc when they visited us on Tilloo back in February. Had some snow flurries today in Denver. Monday we head further north to Polson, Montana.
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