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Footage shot during a three-month field study in the valley and village of Mirebalais, central Haiti. Documentation of Haitian culture includes various subsistence and craft activities (hoeing, planting, marketing, and rope making); a combite or communal work group (known elsewhere in Haiti as the Société Congo) clearing a field; the heading, "dressing," and consecration of an ensemble of <rada> drums by a <pret savanne> (bush priest); sequences from a Vodun ceremony including a rada altar with chromolithographs and the <action de grace> (preliminary segment) of the ritual; and short sequences of social dance styles, including a banda, Congo, and Martinique, performed for the camera.
Herskovits, Melville Jean 1937 LIFE IN A HAITIAN VALLEY.New York: Alfred A. Knopf
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD