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The Glacier Priest ca. 1962

Catalog Data

Hubbard, Bernard R (Bernard Rosecrans) 1888-1962  Search this
Physical description:
468 ft (13 min) sound color/b&w video
Projected media
Collection descriptions
North America
Supplementary materials: 1
Edited film is a biography of Bernard Hubbard, S.J., a Jesuit priest nicknamed "the glacier priest" who conducted and filmed many expeditions to Alaska over a 30 year period. His interest as an amateur volcanologist and geologist is shown through various trips to Alaskan sites including Taku Glacier, Aniakchik, and Valley of 10,000 Smokes. His relationship to the people is depicted by his dog sled trip to Holy Cross to bring needed medicine to combat a flu epidemic, scenes of ice fishing and preparing for an <umiaq> trip with the King Islanders, and scenes of King Island village life. Film also includes his lecture tour undertaken to counteract the "myth" of a frozen Alaska and his Jubilee tour. Footage from ARCTIC SPRINGTIME, WINTER IN ESKIMO LAND, and ESKIMO TRAILS is used extensively.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Local number:
HSFA 1993.1.5
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives