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The Voice of the Sky: Alice Fletcher's Encounter With the Omahas 1994

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Stewart, Ellyn High School Senior  Search this
Physical description:
10 min sound color b&w video
Omaha Indians  Search this
Sioux  Search this
American Indian  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Indians of North America Great Plains  Search this
Dakota Indians  Search this
Projected media
Collection descriptions
North America
United States
Edited film documents Harvard Anthropologist Alice Fletcher's pioneering fieldwork conducted among the Omaha Indian tribe in 1881. She is depicted as one of the first anthropologists to establish the importance of conducting field work by immersion in the culture being studied. Film explores the evolution of Fletcher's views from advocating the assimilation of the Omaha into Western culture (and their subsequent abandonment of their traditional culture) to an ultimate embrace and preservation of the richness of Omaha culture and traditions. Fletcher's integral role in the 1887 Dawes Act granting American Indians land ownership and U.S. citizenship and the Omaha Act are explained. Black and white photos depict Fletcher's work among the Omaha and document the adverse effects of legislation. Interviews with present day Omaha reflect the widespread feelings of several important legacies of Fletcher including her extensive published writings on the Omaha people.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Methodology--immersion  Search this
Assimilation--of ethnic groups  Search this
Law--constitutional--property  Search this
Lobbying--Omaha  Search this
Land--as property  Search this
Property--collective ownership--offenses--rights  Search this
Rights--property  Search this
Citizenship  Search this
Contract--breach of  Search this
Culture--change  Search this
History--oral, as a method  Search this
Culture--continuity  Search this
Culture  Search this
Culture--ideals  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1995.1.11
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives