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Johnson, Barbara  Search this
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Sorenson, E. Richard  Search this
Physical description:
reference one film reel (xxx feet) sound color 16mm
reference sound one film reel (xxx feet) sound color 16mm
archival original one film reel (xxx feet) sound color 16mm
Newar Jyapu  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)
Kathmandu Valley
Thecho village
Title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work) -- archival collection
Supplementary materials: photographs, sound recordings, camera logs, kinship and household field notes
Film footage shot by Barbara Johnson among the Jyapu subcaste of the Newars of Tawnany Tole, Thecho village in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal; August l9, mid-day, Gai Jattra (an annual festival to both honor and aidthe souls of recently deceased relatives) processions coming through the courtyard filmed from the third floor window of the house where the filmmaker stayed. August 20, 1PM, Gai Jattra processions continued, and views of the courtyard in rain. August 20, 2 - 4PM views of the courtyard during and after rain; a group of exuberant boys playing and throwing sticks in the air. (worship) at the courtyard's Buddha (also called "chaittya")statue; they sprinkle water libations on it from brass pitchers, circle it and bow their foreheads to the small Buddhas carved into each of the four sides of the statue. Other women wait for water at the courtyard water tap; some women and girls at the tap wash containers, a girl with a brass offering plate puts a "tikka", or dot of sinduri (a fine red powder mixed to a paste with water and sometimes curd) on the foreheads of a few younger girls standing around.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Language and culture  Search this
Children--play of  Search this
Religious--Festivals  Search this
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Local number:
HSFA 1986.13.1-9
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Newari Film Project, 1978
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives