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Graham, David C missionary  Search this
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (14 minutes) silent b&w 3/4 inch
master one video cassette (14 minutes) silent b&w 3/4 inch
archival original one film reel (450 feet) silent b&w 16mm
Miao  Search this
Meo (Indic people)  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Szechuan, China
Szechwan, China
ca 1936
Title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)--archival collection
Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee
Footage shot in southwestern China while Graham was curator of the West China Union Museum of Archeology, Art, and Ethnology at Chengtu. Film documents various customs of the Ch'uan Miao hill people (more commonly known as the Ch'uang Meo) in the villages of Chou Chia Keo and Wang Wu Chai near the borders of Szechwan, Kweichow, and Yunnan provinces. Documentation includes: children and adults in a Miao yard; a <do nun> (shaman) conducting a ceremony to exercise demons; a <mo> (priest) conducting part of a funeral ceremony accompanied by an assistant playing a <liu shen> (six-tubed wind instrument); a trek to a Miao village led by Graham and two legions of school children; Graham's medical associates, W.R. Morse and Gordon Agnew, taking anthropometric measurements and making dental observations of villagers; group shots of Miao women and girls; a village do nun using divining sticks and performing an exorcism; and a funeral ceremony for one of the village women which involves sacrifice of a water buffalo and procession of the coffin. Footage forms part of the U.S. National Museum Division of Ethnology, Manuscript and Pamphlet File, National Anthropological Archives.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Agriculture--swidden  Search this
Crops--rice cultivation  Search this
Villages--Meo  Search this
Shamans--exorcism--Meo  Search this
Sacrifice--water buffalo--Meo  Search this
Funerals--Meo  Search this
Musical instruments--flutes--Meo  Search this
Anthropometry--on the Meo  Search this
Language and culture  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1983.13.1
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Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives