archival original one film reel (601 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 on the side of a mountain near the Dhaulagiri massif. The film describes the way hill farmers collect leaves off high deciduous trees as fodder for their cattle. They focus the film on one man who the villagers consider to be the bravest farmer because he has the courage to walk out to the ends of the branches to collect the leaves rather than cut the limbs and thereby shortening the life of the trees. By focussing on this one farmer, much is learned about his village, his family and himself.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD