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Reproduction and embryonic development time of Bathypolypus arcticus, a deep-sea octopod (Cephalopoda:Octopoda)

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Author:
Wood, J.B
Kenchington, E
O'Dor, R.K
Type:
Citations
Date:
1998
Topic:
Atlantic Ocean
Prey
Life history--Larvae/Eggs
Life history--Mating
Life history--Spawning
Embryology
Taxonomy:
Cephalopoda--Octopodidae--Bathypolypus--arcticus
Cephalopoda--Octopodidae--Octopus--chierchiae
Data Source:
Cephalopod Bibliography
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Film Studies of Traditional Indian Life in Brazil: Canela 1979

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Creator:
Schecter, Steven ethnocinematographer
Crocker, William Henry 1924- anthropologist
Sorenson, E. Richard
Physical description:
39,540 feet sound color 16mm reference
39,540 feet sound color 16mm archival original
Culture:
Canela
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
South America
Brazil
Date:
1979
Notes:
Title derived from name of project (unpublished work) -- archival collection
Supplementary materials: photographs, journals, camera logs
Summary:
Full film record was shot by Steven Schecter, employee of the National Human Studies Film Center, Smithsonian Institution, in collaboration with anthropologist William Crocker, of the Canela Indians, a Ge speaking tribe in northeastern Brazil. Research film project, directed by anthropologist E. Richard Sorenson, concentrates on interactions of children and infants with parents and siblings and children with other children in various settings. Footage also contains daily life activities including food preparation and distribution, doing bead work, hunting, preparing manioc, grooming, making and cooking meat pies, and collecting honey and a funeral.
Topic:
Language and culture
Dance
Music
Celebrations
Local number:
HSFA 86.13.32
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives

Brooklyn Giglio 1956

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Physical description:
400 feet (15 minutes) silent color film/video
Culture:
Italian Americans
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
United States
New York (State)
New York City
Brooklyn
Date:
1956
North America
Notes:
Title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)--archival collection
Summary:
Footage documenting Giglio or Feast of St. Paulinus, an Italian religious pageant of liberation which originated in Nola, Italy and was recreated in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York by immigrants. Giglio refers both to the ceremonial structure and to the spectacle surrounding its transport through the streets. Included are scenes of the giglio, lifting the giglio, cappos directing the lifts, and street celebrations. See also [San Paola Festival, 1950], [Brooklyn San Paulino Feast, ca. 1939], and I GIGLI A NOLA.
Topic:
Festivals
Dance
Music
Parades
Local number:
HSFA 84.11.1
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives

Frances Emerick's Travel Footage of India 1927-1933

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Creator:
Emerick, Francis schoolteacher
Physical description:
1,600 feet silent b&w/color 16mm archival original
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
India
Hong Kong
Manila
Asia
Date:
1927-1933
Notes:
Title supplied by archives staff (unpublished film)--archival collection
Summary:
Footage shot in Sholapur, Maharashtra district, Udaipur, Rajasthan district, and various other sites while travelling through India. Footage includes: Sholapur Teachers Training School; forms of transportation (ship, railroad, trolley, automobile, bicycle, barge, junks, ox cart, and camel-drawn wagons); street life (street vendors, shopkeepers, textile processing, clothes washing, military drill, children swordfighting, and pipe smoking); music, dance and ceremonial activities (a sitar player accompanied by drums, finger cymbals, and other instruments); a water buffalo sacrifice; wedding procession; sword dancers; river procession of a maharaja and retainers; a military brass band; and the Taj Mahal.
Topic:
Dance
Musical instruments:--drum--sitar--finger cymbals--brass band
Horse jumping
Street entertainment
Ox cart
Textile manufacture
Boats--dugout--canoe--junk
Shopkeeper
Barbers
Stick fighting
Classroom instruction
Festival
Local number:
HSFA 80.5.1
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
Additional Online Media:

The Vanishing Indian ca. 1920

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Creator:
Sioux Super Films
Subject:
Black, Susan potter
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (15 minutes) silent b&w 3/4 inch
master one video cassette (15 minutes) silent b&w 3/4 inch
archival original one film reel silent b&w 35mm
Culture:
Ogalala
Navajo Indians
Pueblo Indians
Apache Indians
Hopi
Indians of North America Southwest, New
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
Taos
Idelafonza Pueblo, N.M
New Mexico
North America
United States
Arizona
Date:
ca 1920
Notes:
Title from credits (published work) - archival collection
Summary:
Incomplete edited film or films from the 1920s educational film series "The Vanishing Indian" produced by Sioux Super Films. Contents include scenes from an Oglala council meeting, a Navajo wedding and shots of hogans, Apache dwellings known as wick-i-ups, pottery making at San Ildefonso Pueblo, dance performance at Taos Pueblo, and shots of dwellings at Zuni, Tesuque, Taos, and Santa Clara pueblos. Footage includes the theatrical trailer promoting the series.
Topic:
Ceramics
Dance--fancy dance--Pueblo
Pottery--pottery making
Dwellings--hogans--wick-i-ups
Garb--shawls--Navajo
Language and culture
Local number:
HSFA 77.5.1
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives

Georgia Shouters ca. 1930

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Creator:
Steiner, Ralph photographer/filmmaker
Herskovits, Melville J (Melville Jean) 1895-1963
Physical description:
900 feet (37 minutes) silent b&w film/video
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
North America
United States
Georgia
Date:
1930
ca 1930
Notes:
title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)--archival collection
Summary:
Footage depicting a Shouter service typical of the Georgia coast and Sea Islands. Footage was taken around the house and yard of a Shouter leader with dances staged for documentation. The dances and movements are part of the Ring Shout tradition, also known as the Saturday night frolic. The elevated wood floor on which some dances are performed is used instrumentally to carry the sound of the dancers' feet. Scenes include members of the group engaged in "seeking" or "getting saved," a "prayer band" singing and dancing at the threshold of a house, and a harvest dance with women "picking crops" and putting them into their aprons and men "shoveling" or "hoeing." The absence of children in the footage probably reflects the fact that the dancers were recreating movements from an earlier period.
Topic:
Dancing--communal--men--women
Dance--choreography--ring dance--counterclockwise
Kinesics--bending--schuffling--clapping--mimicry
Singing--dancing--rhythm--handclapping--tapping--cane
Music--rhythm--handclapping
Kinesics--ring dance--counterclockwise--kneeling--turning--relgious enthusiasm
Dancing--choreography--crossing legs and arms--physical contact
Dancing--choreography--semicircle--handclapping--tapping cane
Dress--women--headwraps--aprons
African Americans
Language and culture
Local number:
HSFA 77.1.3
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives

Sanskrit Drama in the Temples of Kerala 1974

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Creator:
Jones, Clifford art historian
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (28 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
master one video cassette (28 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original 1,200 feet sound color 35mm
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
Asia
India
Date:
1974
Summary:
Edited film shot in Kerala, India, documents the tradition of Kutiyatam, the only surviving Sanskrit drama. Scenes include: a temple constructed specifically for the drama, actors and and musicians being instructed in the dramatic form, consecration of the stage, and excerpts from two Kutiyatam works: Act I of "Subhadradhananjayam" by King Kulasekhara Varma, ca. 10th century, and Act IV of "Ascaryacudamani" by Saktibhadra, ca. 8th century.
Topic:
Language and culture
Music
Musical instruments
Sanskrit
Theatrical productions
Local number:
HSFA 77.3.4
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives

Worship of the Deity Ayyappan 1975

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Creator:
Jones, Clifford art historian
Physical description:
600 feet (21 minutes) sound color video
Type:
Projected media
Collection descriptions
Place:
Asia
India
Date:
1975
Summary:
Edited film documenting temple worship of Nambudri Brahmins in Kerala, India. The film represents scenes from an eight-hour Nambudri ceremony which culminates in the possession of a shaman-priest and the oracular communications through him from the diety Ayyappan to devotees.
Topic:
Language and culture
Music
Rites and ceremonies
Local number:
HSFA 77.3.1
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives

The Serpent Deities 1975

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Creator:
Jones, Clifford art historian
Technical assistant:
Yarma, Ravi
Ramalingam, Ramosh
Ethiraj, Selvanathan
Vijayalabs, Ramanathan
Kimjanambudrippad, K
Film subject:
Arangottukkara
Killimangalam
Pallipuram
Maniyur
Keralastat
Physical description:
690 feet (23 minutes) sound color video
Culture:
Kerala
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
Asia
India
Date:
1975
Summary:
Edited film documenting the worship of the serpent dieties by the Pulivan people of southern India. The film represents the forms of ritual, music, and art associated with these deities in order to ensure fertility and protect against harmful spirits. Featured are ritual sand paintings in the temple, costumes and body painting.
Topic:
Language and culture
Musical instrument--vina
Musical instrument--kutam
Music
Performance--sacred texts
Spirit--Bhutam
Clan--Pulluvan
Deity--Brahma--Shiva--Vishnu
Dance
Costume
Sandpaintings
Song
Local number:
HSFA 77.3.2
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives

Shadow Puppet Drama in South India: the Ramayana of Kamban 1975

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Creator:
Jones, Clifford art historian
Physical description:
1,020 feet (30 minutes) sound b&w video
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
Asia
India
Date:
1975
Summary:
Edited film was shot in Kerala, India, of the shadow puppet drama performed throughout southern India in honor of the goddess Bagivagit. The film depicts the consecration rites at a shrine to Bagivagit preparatory to the drama and the mythic struggle enacted by the puppet figures.
Topic:
Language and culture
Puppet theater
Puppets
Music
Local number:
HSFA 77.3.3
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives

The Nuer 1970

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Creator:
Harris, Hillary filmmaker ( - )
Filmmaker:
Breidenbach, George
Physical description:
2,700 feet sound color film
Culture:
Nuer (African people)
Nilotic peoples
Ethiopians
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
Ethiopia
Baro River
Africa
Date:
1970
Summary:
Edited film made among the eastern Nuer of Ethiopia, a Nilotic cattle-herding people. The cinematic construction of the film seeks to convey a holistic feel for Nuer lifeways, particularly the intimacy between the Nuer and their cattle. Narration provides anthropological accounts of such events as a dispute over bridewealth, a ghost marriage, and a (male initiation) ceremony in which two boys receive forehead incisions. Also included is a subtitled interview in which an old man offers his own comments on Nuer life and customs.
Topic:
Animal husbandry--cattle
Seasonal migrations--cattle--camps--courtship
Herding--cattle--milking
Transhumance--cattle--migrations (583-720 roll 2)
Housebuilding--wattle-and-daub--thatching--cow dung (1026-62 roll 1)
Rites of passgae--manhood--scarification--"Gar"
Marriage--spirits--kin relationships--artificial--"ghost marriage"
Divorce--bride price--cattle--infertility
Households--domestic activities--women
Food preparation--women--mortar-and-pestle
Scarification--ethos--adornment--jewelry--crafts
Prophets--"leopard skin chief"--propitiation--disease--epidemics--animal sacrifice--procession
Animal sacrifice--butchering--kinship
Food quest--annual cycle--animal husbandry--fishing--agriculture
Fishing--spears--wet season
Music--ceremony--drumming--dancing
Cattle--households--fuel--cow dung
Hygiene--cattle--cow dung ashes--urine--daily ablutions
Naming--male identity--cattle
Councils--speech--disputation--kin groups
Ritual--male initiates--ritual specialists--manhood
Religious beliefs--cattle--invocations--blessing--cow dung ashes
Spirit possession--illness--ritual expiation
Epidemics--children--small pox
Nakedness--normal garb
Special garments--ceremony
Effigies--clay--cattle--children
Tobacco--smoking--pipes
Adornment--hair styles--jewelry--facial painting
Pastoral activities--division of labor by sex
Language and culture
Nuer
Nilotic
Local number:
HSFA 84.19.6
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives

Himba Wedding 1969

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Creator:
Gibson, Gordon D (Gordon Davis) 1915-2007
Subject:
Zacriwa bride
Naango bride's mother
Vesenga groom
Cakoya bride's father's brother
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (33 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
master one video cassette (33 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original one film reel (1,200 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Himba (African people)
Herero (African people) Himba
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
Namibia
Kackoveld (Namibia)
Africa
Date:
1969
Notes:
Supplementary materials: 3
title from credits (published work) -- archival collection
Summary:
Edited film of wedding rites among the Himba, a pastoral Bantu people of Kackoveld in Namibia. Film documents the taking of a second wife by a Himba man and discusses the marriage in connection with intervillage kinship relations, bridewealth, and polygymy. Film includes: the adornment and ritualization surrounding (seclusion of the bride), customary strangulation and butchering of a bridewealth ox and the reading of its viscera, dancing by guests, ritual capture of the bride by groom's age-mates, and ceremonial incorporation of the bride into the homestead of her husband.
Topic:
Marriage--rites of passage--ritual phases
Food preparation--butchering--ritual--cooking
Divination--butchering--augury
Adornment--headdress--marriage--nubility
Bridewealth--marriage--animal sacrifice--kinship relationships
Avoidance--groom--mother-in-law
Dancing--celebration--mimicry--feasting
Rites of passage--seclusion--bride--veil--bridal hut
Symbols--ritual--bride--prosperity--ox--stomach fat
Marriage--bride capture--kinship relationships
Residence--post-marital--virilocal
Food consumption--ceremony--commensality--marriage
Feasting--marriage--groom--seclusion--age mates
Animal husbandry--pastoral activities--cattle--wealth
Language and culture
Rites and ceremonies
Himba
Local number:
HSFA 83.5.3
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
Additional Online Media:

Herero of Ngamiland 1953

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Creator:
Gibson, Gordon D (Gordon Davis) 1915-2007
Smithsonian Institution
Physical description:
1 DVD (43 minutes) sound color DVD reference
1 video cassette (43 minutes) sound color Digibeta master
1 video cassette (43 minutes) sound color 3/4" master
2 film reels (1,565 feet) sound color 16mm preservation
2 film reels (1,565 feet) sound color 16mm archival original
Culture:
Herero (African people)
Khosian Damara
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
Africa
Ngamiland (Botswana)
Bechuanaland Protectorate
Date:
1953
Notes:
title from credits (published work) -- archival collection
Gordon Gibson papers are held in the National Anthropological Archives
Summary:
Edited film, narrated by Gordon D. Gibson, about the Herero, a pastoral Bantu people in Bechwanaland, southwestern Africa. Scenes represent the divison of labor between men and women as it relates to house construction, the care of cattle (herding, watering, milking), making butter and buttermilk, wood carving, and the preparation and consumption of food (butchering, stamping cornmeal); the role of clan priests in daily and ceremonial life including the daily ritual of milk tasting, propitiation of the ancestors, funerals, mourning, and inheritance; and the activities of children, the nature of traditional adornment, and song and dance.
Topic:
Cattle--domestication
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Rites and ceremonies
Body alterations
Architecture, Domestic
Domestic life
Food preparation--cooking
Dance
Song
Children
Language and culture
Educational
Local number:
HSFA 83.9.1
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives

Himba Research Film 1972-1973

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Creator:
Gibson, Gordon D (Gordon Davis) 1915-2007
Physical description:
reference 4 DVDs (1 hour and 40 minutes) sound color/b&w DVD
master 4 video cassettes (1 hour 40 minutes) sound color/b&w 3/4 inch
archival original 4,000 feet sound color/b&w 16mm
Culture:
Himba (African people)
Herero (African people) Himba
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Angola
Africa
Date:
1972-1973
Notes:
Supplementary materials: 1,3,5
title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work) -- archival collection
Summary:
Full film record of a research film project documenting the Himba, a pastoral Bantu people of southwestern Angola and northwestern Namibia. Footage features documentation of a rainmaking ceremony with animal sacrifices to the ancestors and the annointing of stones (rain shrines), the tending of cattle herds and the problems of drought, various musical performances, a baby-naming ceremony, and techniques of female hairdressing and braiding. Edited films THE HIMBA and HIMBA WEDDING were produced from this project.
Topic:
Language and culture
Ritual--propitiation--rainmaking
Rainmaking--magic--sympathetic--rocks--water
Animal sacrifice--divination--entrails
Ritual--annointing--stones--sacred
Rainmaking--ceremony--descent group--ancestors--animal sacrifice
Animal sacrifice--suffocation--blood
Singing--males--praise songs--cattle
Shrines--sacred rocks--"ombale stones"
Adornment--women--hair styles
Clothing--traditional--leather--sheepskin
Hair styles--sex status--life cycle--social identity
Pastoral activities--seasonal migration--ecology
Musical instruments--horn--pluriarch
Music--songs--cattle praises--oral history
Naming--infant--rites of passage
Ceremony--naming--annointing--clan
Inheritance--cattle--ceremony--baby naming
Milk--purification--sacred cattle--ritual tasting
Curing--singing--women--trance
Adornment--necklaces--wristbands--women
Adornment--hair styles--women--braiding
Hair styles--hair dressing--braiding--grease--wood ash--red ochre
Tillage--division of labor by sex--hoe
Hair styles--boys--clan membership
Animal husbandry--division of labor by sex--herding--milking
Seasonal migrations
Rites and ceremonies
Himba
Local number:
HSFA 83.5.1
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
Additional Online Media:

Zimba Research Film 1971

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Creator:
Gibson, Gordon D (Gordon Davis) 1915-2007
Subject:
Visima
Kapupu
Omusupi
Kaumbila
Luhuna
Balundu
Kawiyu
Physical description:
reference one DVD (58 minutes) sound color DVD
master 3 video cassettes (58 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original 2,100 feet sound color 16mm
Culture:
Bantu Zimba
Herero (African people) Zimba
Nzima (African people)
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
Africa
Angola
Damba Region
Date:
1971
Notes:
Supplementary materials: 3,5,6
title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work) -- archival collection
Summary:
Full film record of a research film project documenting the Zimba, a pastoral Bantu people of southwestern Angola. Footage documents the organization of Zimba homesteads, role of women in the domestic economy, and men engaged in pastoral activities. Sequences include: women threshing, winnowing, and stamping millet (for cereal and beer); milking cows; watering cattle; weaving baskets; and making fences to protect their fields. Men are shown churning milk and herding and watering cattle.
Topic:
Language and culture
Domestic life
Women
Division of labor by sex--threshing--grain--millet
Food preparation--winnowing--grain
Basketry--winnowing
Speech--greetings
Domestic activities--food preparation--milk
Food preparation--graineries
Alcohol--beermaking--grain
Adornment--rites of passage--headdress
Adornment--women--hair styles
Pastoral activities--watering
Hair styles--males--females--life cycle--social identity
Children--food preparation
Tillage--fences--division of labor by sex--women
Tillage--women
Tools--agricultural
Trade--tools--textiles
Acculturation--dress--clothing
Music--tillage--rhythms
Food preparation--mortar-and-pestle
Division of labor by sex--tillage
Zimba
Local number:
HSFA 83.5.4
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
Additional Online Media:

Yupik Eskimo Life, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska ca. 1930

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Creator:
Collins, Henry Bascom 1899-1987
Project assistant/filmmaker:
Ford, James Alfred 1911-1968
Physical description:
reference video cassettes silent b&w 3/4 inch
master video cassettes silent b&w 3/4 inch
archival original 2,000 feet silent b&w 35mm
Culture:
Yupik Eskimos
Eskimos
Arctic peoples
Indians of North America Subarctic
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
Alaska
Washington, D.C
Saint Lawrence Island (Alaska)
Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaksa
United States
Date:
ca 1930
North America
Notes:
Title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work) -- archival collection
Supplementary materials: 3, synchronous sound annotation
Summary:
Footage taken by Smithsonian anthropologist Henry Collins and his assistant James Ford in the summer of 1930, Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. Shots include Eskimos in boats; three men positioning themselves in boulders along seacliffs to catch birds with pole net; dancing and drumming; fishing with both lines and nets; dog teams; the preparation of a walrus skin strecthed out on large frame; men hauling boats overland with the use of dog teams; scenes of the hunting environment including shots of whales, walruses, and polar bear; butchering of a whale and walrus; reindeer being herded into a corral; ships navigating in icy waters and locked in ice; miscellaneous scenes in Washington D.C. in the 1930s with shots of a house burning.
Topic:
Language and culture
Butchering--walrus--whale
Food quest--hunting
Whaling--butchering
Games--tossing--on walrus hide
Animal husbandry--reindeer
Corrals--reindeer
Dancing--drums
Drums--dancing
Transportation--sleds--dog teams
Fishing--nets--lines
Hides--walrus--preparation of
Archaeology--techniques of
Sports--wrestling
Fire--fire fighting--house fire
Automobiles--model-T
Local number:
HSFA 82.6.1
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
Additional Online Media:

Robert Haupt's Travel Footage of India 1933-1937

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Creator:
Haupt, Robert schoolteacher
Physical description:
reference video cassettes (25 minutes) silent b&w 3/4 inch
master video cassettes (25 minutes) silent b&w 3/4 inch
archival original film reels (965 feet) silent b&w 16mm
Culture:
Hindi
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
India
Alaska
Kyber Pass
Bombay (India)
Goa, India
Kyber Pass, India
Asia
Date:
1933-1937
Notes:
Title supplied by archives staff (unpublished film)--archival collection
Supplementary materials: sound annotation by Robert Haupt
Summary:
Footage taken while Haupt travelled in India and Pakistan while stationed at the Woodstock school in Landour/Mussoorie, Uttar Pradesh, one of the so-called "hill stations" of British India. Locations of interest include Mussoorie, Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Nagpur (Maharashtra), Bombay, the Portugese colony of Goa (India), and the Khyber Pass. Documentation of ethnographic interest includes: scenes of everyday Indian village life; a major (Hindu festival) at Allahabad (a Muslim city sacred to Hindu pilgrims), showing (holy men) undergoing various ordeals and wealthy maharajas parading on ornamented elephants; a brass carver in Jaipur; another festival in Nagpur which incorporates "initiation rituals" for young sadhus, such as men walking on coals and being suspended and swung on a tripod with metal hooks in their backs; street scenes and bazaars in Bombay; and various shots of fishing boats and women at heavy manual labor in Goa. Miscellaneous sequences include Haupt and friends on hunting expeditions, sites along the Khyber Pass, and scenes at the airport in Delhi recording the London to Melbourne air race of 1936.
Topic:
Villages
Transportation--carts--wagons
Agriculture--winnowing
Festival--melas
Irrigation--methods of--water wheel
Priests--festivals--penitence
Dancing--drums
Drums--dancing
Music
Ascetics--holy men
Mutilation--as religious penance--"rope dance"
Fortifications--hill stations
Schools--missions
Competitions--track--schools
Amputation--as religious penance--holy men
Boats--harbors
Processions--Maharajas--sadhus--elephants--mela
Initiation rites--sadhus--Hindu
Ordeals--initiation rites--sadhus
Language and culture
Local number:
HSFA 80.3.1
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives

High Arctic ca. 1963

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Creator:
Cotlow, Lewis filmmaker (1898-****)
Producer:
Sinclar, Douglas
Physical description:
reference video cassettes (1 hour) sound color 3/4 inch
master video cassettes (1 hour) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original film reels (2,100 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Eskimos
Arctic peoples
Indians of North America Subarctic
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
Ellesmere Island, Canadian Arctic
Canada
Arctic
North America
Date:
ca 1963
Notes:
title from credits (published work) -- archival collection
Supplementary materials: 1,3
explorer and filmmaker Lewis Cotlow directed expeditions between 1940 and 1969 while carrying the Explorers Club Flag to the Amazon, Africa, Australia, and New Guinea.
Summary:
Edited film was made in the course of two expeditions to the Canadian Arctic region of Ellesmere Island, Jones Sound, and Baffin Island in 1962 and 1963. In focusing on the life of an extended Inuit "family," Cotlow attempts to portray the adaptation and survival strategies necessary in the frigid environment of the northern Arctic. Sequences focus on family life, relationships between family members, preparation and cooking of meals, a "trial marriage," transportation by dog sleds, building of an igloo, seal hunting with a hunting screen, walrus hunting, and killing of a polar bear. Other footage includes trading of fur pelts, target practice with both rifle and harpoon, soapstone carvings, making of caribou sinew thread and the sewing of parkas, and gift giving to the children by the filmmaker.
Topic:
Language and culture
Hunting--techniques of--seals--polar bears
Food quest--hunting
Food consumption--seal meat
Houses--construction of--igloos
Hides--used as bedding--used as clothing
Garb--use of animal skins
Nomadism--Eskimoes
Singing--as palliative to work--Eskimoes
Work groups--construction of igloos
Play--children--Eskimoes
Transportation--dog sleds
Trapping--pelts
Trade--trapping--pelts--trading posts
Carving--soapstone--Eskimos
Marriage--conventions of--trial marriage--Eskimos
Sewing--garb
Local number:
HSFA 78.1.1/85.11.7
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
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Melemchi Village, Nepal 1986

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Filmmaker, anthropologist:
Bishop, John and Naomi
Ethnographer:
Bishop, Naomi
Physical description:
reference 10 video cassettes (5 hours) sound color 3/4 inch
master 10 video reels (5 hours) sound color one inch
archival original 10 film reels (10,800 feet ) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Pulayas
Helambu Valley
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
Nepal
Nepal, Helambu Valley
Asia
Date:
1986
Notes:
Supplementary materials: audio tapes, 35mm slides, b&w stills
title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)--archival collection
Annotated by John Bishop, documentary filmmaker, Naomi Bishop, anthropologist, John Homiak, Human Studies Film Archives and Nogabu, cultural informant from Melemchi. Footage complements [Melemchi Village, 1989]
John and Naomi Bishop, filmmaker and ethnographer, respectively.
Summary:
Full film record documents the cultural ecology of a Sherpa village at the head of the Helembu Valley, Nepal. Footage begins with shots of Rhesus monkeys at the Buddhist shrine of Swayambanath in Kathmandu valley as part of research project observing the behavior of temple monkeys. Footage in the Melemchi village focuses on both subsistence and religious aspects of Helembu Sherpa culture. Documentation of subsistence includes herding and domestic activities of the Sherpa patrilineal households; harvesting changa, the high altitude barley from which the staple food, thombu is made; women threshing wheat in fields; women dairying in family pastures; spinnig lambs wool; weaving jackets; grindng grain and flour on the grindstone; women making yoghurt, butter and cheese; weaving bamboo mats. Documentation of religious and ritual depicts the coexistence of Buddhist and local Bon animist practices; a Nyin Lo ceremony conducted by a bombo (shaman) to exorcise bad spirits; the the torma (a ritual object representing a temporary house for the gods); man in trance drumming and calling spirits; chicken sacrifice; beating a woman with steamed branches to expunge the evil spirits from her; a Mikha Kyurgen puja done to reverse the negative effects of gossiping; the TupuTsezchu Festival, one of four festivals held annually in Melemchi to commemorate the work of Guru Rempeche, the Bodhisattva who brought Buddhism to Tibet; the Nara festival which honors the founding of the gomba(local Buddhist temple); the decapitation ofa yak as an offering. Also documented is the funerary practice composed of the procession where the deceased is carried in a chair to the funeral ground for cremation. Sequences also depict men carving decorations for the woodwork adorning houses; an arranged marriage; Sherpa man teaching a class to young students; playing the "adorje," a trumpet made out of a human thigh bone; lama reading Tibetan texts.
Topic:
Language and culture
Temples--prayer wheels
Harvests--barley
Barley--method of harvest
Animal husbandry--milking--cows
Seances--spirit mediums--ritual
Mediums--ritual--spirit communication
Spirits--mediums--communication with
Ritual--spirit mediums--seances
Chanting--as part of ritual
Musical instruments--drums--cymbals--horns--bells
Agriculture--corn--barley--grains
Food preparation--churning butter--cheese
Altars--seances
Animal sacrifice--as part of ritual
Purification--ritual
Mills--grinding flour--water driven
Weaving--wool--looms
Pastoral activities--herding--miling--grazing
Bells--for keeping birds from crops
Quarrying--boulders--for building stones
Mortuary practices--pallequin--procession--cremation
Funerals--cremation
Priest--lama--chanting
Temple--gompa--ceremony
Bread--ceremonial Nara bread--gompa
Dancing--ritual--social
Woodworking--carving
Altars--gompa
Flags--prayer flags--raising of
Potatoes--cultivation of
Shrines--gompa
Local number:
HSFA 87.7.1
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives

Tip top of the Earth: Arctic Alaskan Eskimo Educational Series 1916-1918

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Creator:
Van Valin, William teacher
Physical description:
reference video cassettes silent b&w DVD
master video cassettes silent b&w BetacamSP
master video cassettes silent b&w Digital Betacam
preservation 10 film reels (6,950 feet) silent b&w 35mm
archival original 10 film reels (6,950 feet) silent b&w 35mm
Culture:
Arctic peoples
Eskimos
Indians of North America Subarctic
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
Nome Alaska
Alaska
Arctic
Nome (Alaska)
Point Barrow, Alaska
North America
United States
Date:
1916-1918
Notes:
title from credits (unpublished work)--archival collection
supplementary materials: book
Summary:
Edited film shot by William Van Valin as leader of the John Wanamaker Expedition to Point Barrow, Alaska for the University of Pennsylvania Museum. The film, that later toured in a film-lecture series by Van Valin, is known under the main title TIP TOP OF THE EARTH: Alaskan Eskimo Educational Series. Series includes the titles: SCENES AT NOME, ALASKA; ESKIMO SPORTS; SCENES AT POINT BARROW, ALASKA; ESKIMO REINDEER INDUSTRY; ESKIMO SEAL HUNTING; ESKIMO WHALING [Parts I and II]; and MIDNIGHT SUN SCENES. Sequences include: the steamship Victoria landing passengers at Nome, Alaska; hydraulic mining along the Bering Sea beach near Nome; a umiak with Eskimos aboard being towed; old Eskimo man cleaning salmon and preparing his pipe; salmon drying on elevated racks; summer camp activities among the Eskimos; natives dancing, drumming, racing , and participating in foot races as part of Fourth of July festivities in Nome; Eskimo barber demonstrating technique of hair cutting with stone knife; scenes of winter life including igloos covered with blocks of snow; Eskimos with dog teams and sleds; Eskimo games and forms of recreation including a form of whaling sport known as , tossing a person on a stretched walrus hide. Also depicted are various activities relating to the Eskimo food quest: activities associated with whaling which include sledding umiaks overland through snow, hauling a whale through hole cut in polar ice, and butchering whales; activities relating to Eskimo reindeer herding, culling out males and butchering animals; and scenes relating to seal hunting, butchering seals, and the use of their hides. Included are shots of archaeological excavations conducted at early Arctic habitations showing exposed skeletal and cranial remains. (Also as part of this collection is miscellaneous footage of a rabbit drive, a mule team pulling wagons and unidentified locations).
Topic:
Language and culture
Ships--steamships
Mining--hydralic
Dogs--as transportation
Sleds--as transportation
Fishing--salmon
Boats--use in hunting
Hunting--guns
Food quest--hunting--fishing--whaling
Food preparation--butchering--drying
Food preservation--techniques of
Cooking--utensils
Ecology--seasonal movements
Dancing--drums
Drumming--dancing--ceremony
Food--communal distribution
Animal husbandry--reindeer
Herding--reindeer
Hides--seals--preparation of
Boats--umiaks--used as shelter
Archaeology--excavations
Recreation--community--Nelakatuk
Whaling--butchering
Local number:
HSFA 86.5.1
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Tip top of the Earth: Arctic Alaskan Eskimo Educational Series 1916-1918 [Van Valin, William teacher]
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
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