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Linker, Hal 1916  Search this
Physical description:
reference 1 DVD (26 minutes) sound color DVD
master 1 videocassette (26 minutes) sound color BetacamSP
archival original 1 video reel (26 minutes) sound color 2 inch
Television programs
South America
Amazon River Region
ca 1970
title from credits (published work)--archival collection
supplementary materials: publicity materials, books, photographs, sound recordings
Donated by Halla Linker Aguirre and California State University at Northridge, University Library in 2002
Television broadcast created by Hal Linker with his wife, Halla, and son, David. Film footage was shot in the Amazon Basin along the Amazon River. The outtakes highlight the Amazon River and the people and plant life that live along the banks. Shots of the Amazon show thatched-roof houses and dead trees with many types of mushrooms on them. A man is filmed leading the Linkers into the rainforest and showing them different plants and trees and how they use them. The outtakes also show a quick view of a city with white buildings and one in particular with beautiful tiling before returning to shots of the Amazon. While traveling along the river the Linkers film more thatched roof and wooden houses, as well as the numerous boats they pass. The Linkers also film the food they ate, where they slept and a large tarantula found inside their bedroom. The Linkers then take footage of men and boys in long grass skirts and grass chest coverings that go around the neck. The men also have their faces painted in either black or red and wear different specialized headpieces made of leaves, grass, and other materials. The Linkers film a man climbing up a tall tree in order to grab a large piece of fruit. The fruit is put in a pot of boiling water and then mashed up by a woman who puts some of it in her mouth and spits it back. When the woman is finished, she is gives a drink to a man that was made out of the fruit that she was mashing. The Linkers then film a man that is shooting darts at a leaf target he put on a tree. First he is seen sucking on the dart, and then he inserts it into a large pole and shoots it at the target. Shots of men with darts are filmed dancing around while men are playing drums and wood-wind instruments. The end of the outtakes is a montage of some of the more interesting scenes that were already viewed before returning to the Linkers living room. The outtakes end with Hal Linker talking about the trip and showing off a small stuffed fish, as well as his skill of shooting darts at a target.
Cite as:
Courtesy of Halla Linker
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland 20746
Headgear  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Dance  Search this
Instruments--musical instruments  Search this
Body decoration  Search this
Boats  Search this
Villages  Search this
Weapons  Search this
Beverages  Search this
Flora  Search this
Fungi  Search this
Rain forests  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 2002.16.375
Restrictions & Rights:
OK:0 Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
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Hal Linker Film and Video Collection, ca. 1955-1985
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Human Studies Film Archives