Donna Haraway— of A Cyborg Manifesto fame, and one of today’s most recognized public intellectuals—reads National Geographic in this 1987 video. Interested in the ways meaning traffics between species, or rather, how meaning is made of images of interactions between species, Harraway looks into the case of Koko the gorilla, who was taught a variation of American Sign Language by her human keepers.
How does the "cultured" gorilla come to represent universal man?, Haraway asks. How do relationships between human and non-human animals reveal how we think about ourselves? About gender, race, and class? Haraway untangles the web of meanings, tracing what gets to count as nature, for whom and when in this feminist journey through the anthropological junglescape.