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Collins, Henry Bascom 1899-1987  Search this
Project assistant/filmmaker:
Ford, James Alfred 1911-1968  Search this
Physical description:
reference video cassettes silent b&w 3/4 inch
master video cassettes silent b&w 3/4 inch
archival original 2,000 feet silent b&w 35mm
Yupik Eskimos  Search this
Eskimos  Search this
Arctic peoples  Search this
Indians of North America Subarctic  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Washington, D.C
Saint Lawrence Island (Alaska)
Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaksa
United States
ca 1930
North America
Title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work) -- archival collection
Supplementary materials: 3, synchronous sound annotation
Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee
Footage taken by Smithsonian anthropologist Henry Collins and his assistant James Ford in the summer of 1930, Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. Shots include Eskimos in boats; three men positioning themselves in boulders along seacliffs to catch birds with pole net; dancing and drumming; fishing with both lines and nets; dog teams; the preparation of a walrus skin strecthed out on large frame; men hauling boats overland with the use of dog teams; scenes of the hunting environment including shots of whales, walruses, and polar bear; butchering of a whale and walrus; reindeer being herded into a corral; ships navigating in icy waters and locked in ice; miscellaneous scenes in Washington D.C. in the 1930s with shots of a house burning.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Language and culture  Search this
Butchering--walrus--whale  Search this
Food quest--hunting  Search this
Whaling--butchering  Search this
Games--tossing--on walrus hide  Search this
Animal husbandry--reindeer  Search this
Corrals--reindeer  Search this
Dancing--drums  Search this
Drums--dancing  Search this
Transportation--sleds--dog teams  Search this
Fishing--nets--lines  Search this
Hides--walrus--preparation of  Search this
Archaeology--techniques of  Search this
Sports--wrestling  Search this
Fire--fire fighting--house fire  Search this
Automobiles--model-T  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1982.6.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives