Edgar Rice Burroughs Dum-Dum Conference 2018

The Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau and Burroughs Bibliophiles will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the release of Tarzan of the Apes, a 1918 American action adventure silent film directed by Scott Sidney starring Elmo Lincoln, Enid Markey, George B. French and Gordon Griffith. It was the first Tarzan film ever made and is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ original novel Tarzan of the Apes. Not only will there be conference activities and movie location tours, there will be a King & Queen of the Jungle costume and yell contest! Come join us August 2-5 in Morgan City!

When Tarzan was being raised by the Mangani apes, from time to time they  would have a collective celebration. This general happened when a major enemy had been killed. Under the moonlight, the female apes would beat drums and the male apes would dance around the enemies body in victory and finally they would devour him. Anyway, you can tell people that the Dum Dum is a collective celebration as described in ERBs books. You can leave out the devour part if you like. FYI: the Mangani were no regular apes. The Darwin theory was really important in the early 20th Century. Burroughs decided to make the Mangani as the missing link. They had a rudimentary language, government, celebrations etc. This concept helped ERB show that Tarzan was not your typical feral child. Especially, it helped Tarzan learn to read and pick up languages. So, the Tarzan books are considered high adventure with a little science fiction thrown in.


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