Lecture: Ancient Egypt in the Modern World – the Case of the Buduma People

We know the ancient Egyptians as a people who lived thousands of years ago. Yet has anything survived in any modern people? Can we trace that? Join us on March 21 and learn about some possibilities.

Lake Chad from a Photo in the 1930s
Lake Chad from a Photo in the 1930s

When?

Thursday, 21 March 2013
7 p.m.

Where?

Alliance for Arts & Culture
#100 – 938 Howe St
Vancouver, BC
(Map)

Tickets

  • FREE – SSEA members
  • $5 – General Public

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About the Speaker

guyimmegaGuy Immega is a retired Aerospace Engineer and Entrepreneur. He sold his company in 2005. He served in Peace Corps in Niger, Africa from 1966 to 1968, where he was stationed at N’Guigmi, 700 km from the nearest road on the shores of Lake Chad. Since his retirement, he has completed a science fiction novel and other non-fiction essays.

Abstract

Aside from archeological remains, does ancient Egypt survive in the modern world? Could a remote enclave of ancient Egyptian culture persist into the twentieth century? The provocative answer is: likely yes. Guy Immega will present the evidence.

The Buduma people of Lake Chad (once a vast body of water in the southern Sahara and Sahel) were isolated from the rest of Africa. They lived where no other tribe could venture, on watery archipelagos and floating islands of papyrus reeds. They built papyrus boats and fished for the giant Nile perch. They herded exotic Kuri cattle, an ancient breed supremely adapted to an aquatic environment. They played the sacred Biram harp, identical to arched harps played 3500 years ago along the Nile. Most importantly, they spoke Yedina – an isolated Chadic language related to Ancient Egyptian.

Background Information

Guy Immega recently published an e-book about the Buduma, titled: Ancient Egypt’s Lost Legacy? The Buduma Culture of Lake Chad (for the iPad tablet, at $1.99 from the Apple iBooks Store – or a free PDF from http://www.friendsofniger.org).

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