I take Blaze into the senior's lodge to go visit Grandma (in a town of less than 300), sure enough, there's a gentleman there that knew what Blaze was. He was an archeologist back in his day. His last dig was in 1976 deep in the Congo, and he stayed with villagers and witnessed the hunts and the lives of the basenjis in the village.
He told me about one hunt.
The basenjis chase antelope into huge nets that are strung up in the forest like barriers. The nets are handmade with ropes and vines. Some of the hunters stay near the net and hide, the majority of the hunters take the basenjis to the water hole and wait. When the antelope arrived, they release the basenjis and chase behind almost soundlessly. You can really hear the gourd bells, which are mostly around the loins. The antelope hit the net and are shot with arrows. The basenjis have to get beaten off… they get a little too excited.
He has some amazing pictures. I'm trying to borrow his album to scan, but he's not comfortable with that idea.
He loves Blaze though and he knows the african word for the breed which I can never remember or pronounce.
Basenji hieroglyphics in the movie The Ten Commandments
Kipawa last edited by
What is it with the biblical Charleton Heston movies? I watch them every time they are on TV, just like watching White Christmas during the festive season.
So here I am watching The Ten Commandments - wow, they have really worked on the film itself. It looks like it's in high definition. I keep looking for a basenji hieroglyphic - no sightings yet.
I just looked up Pharaoh dogs, and found out that they have nothing to do with Egypt, but rather Malta. So which dogs were the ones a person would see in the hieroglyphics. Would it be a basenji?
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I have seen photos of 'glyphs with small curly tailed dogs as well as larger loopy-tailed dogs, some in the same scene. One can only assume the smaller curly tailed ones are the basenjis!