THE NUBA OF KAU
Anthropologists call them »South-East Nuba«. Although living just
two hundred kilometres away from the peaceful and gentle Masaki
Qisar Nuba they don't know each other, they speak a different
language, they have different customs and conventions, and as
far as their nature and character is concerned they are the exact
opposite of the Masakin: wild and passionate.
Their masks, knife bouts and love dances, their extravagant paints
reminding of »living Picasso paintings« do not exist with any
other primitive people on earth in this form and diversity.
Leni Riefenstahl who in 1975 had spent sixteen weeks in a great
heat among the Kau Nabu said: »It had been a time of almost unbearable
difficulties and physical strain. Without the urge deeply rooted
in me to chase after the unusual and beautiful those pictures
would have never been made.«