archival original one film reel (694 feet) sound color 16mm
Motion pictures (visual works)
title from credits (published work)--archival collection
Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee
John T. Hitchcock paper records and photographs are held in the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
John T. Hitchcock was a cultural anthropologist who studied shamanism and cultures of Himalayas of Nepal and India.
Donated by J. Fred MacDonald in 2007.
Edited film made in association with Patricia Hitchcock was filmed in central Nepal Himalayan Mountains. By comparing a low lying and stationary Magar village where rice can be grown with a higher situated and mobile Magar villagers where rice cannot be grown, filmmakers show the complexity of anthropological fieldwork as they establish a relationship with the semi-nomadic villagers who move with their livestock to higher pastures during the summer as well as with the inhabitants of the low lying village. Fieldwork includes receiving permission to study the village inhabitants, establishing a school in exchange for permission, census collecting, making still photographs to record gestures and material culture, learning general village activities and creating relationships in order to study more difficult to capture aspects of culture.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD