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William Van Valin's Films of Pt. Barrow, Alaska, 1912-1918 [supplied] 86.5.1 - 2

Catalog Data

Van Valin, William  Search this
Arctic peoples  Search this
Eskimos  Search this
Indians of North America Subarctic  Search this
Projected media
Nome (Alaska)
Point Barrow, Alaska
Footage shot by William Van Valin as leader of the John Wanamaker Expedition to Pt. Barrow, Alaska for the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Footage known under the main title TIP TOP OF THE EARTH: ARCTIC ALASKAN ESKIMO EDUCATIONAL SERIES; includes subtitles and intertitles to explain shots. Materials depicted include: activities pertaining to reindeer herding (roping, counting, marking, and butchering animals); seal hunting including the solitary trek of a hunter over rough ice; the difficulties of returning over ice with prey in tow; using a dog team to pull bearded seal fromt he water; women butchering seal with ulu; sewing hides for umiak covers; dried seal skins being prepared as trade goods; scenes associated with whaling; butchering whale at water's edge; removing whale jaw to extract baleen; cutting out and cleaning baleen; community recreation of "nela-ka-tuk"--tossing individuals on stretched walrus hide. Views of archaeological excavations at Pt. Barrow showing sketal and cranial remains; scenes of Pt. Barrow during the midnight sun. community recreation--walrus hide toss. View of archaeological excavations and scenes of the midnight sun.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Dogs--as transportation  Search this
Sleds--as transportation  Search this
Fishing--salmon  Search this
Boats--use in hunting  Search this
Hunting--guns  Search this
Food quest--hunting--fishing--whaling  Search this
Food preparation--butchering--drying  Search this
Food preservation--techniques of  Search this
Cooking--utensils  Search this
Ecology--seasonal movements  Search this
Dancing--drums  Search this
Food--communal distribution  Search this
Animal husbandry--reindeer  Search this
Herding--reindeer  Search this
Hides--seals--preparation of  Search this
Boats--umiaks--used as shelter  Search this
Archaeology--excavations  Search this
Recreation--community--Nelakatuk  Search this
Whaling--butchering  Search this
Houses--igloos--construction of  Search this
Blood--as food  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1986.5.1 - 2
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives