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John Collier Jr. film of Hacienda Vicos

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Collier, John, Jr., 1913-1992  Search this
2 Videocassettes (U-matic) (1 hour 41 minutes, black-and-white color silent)
Quechua  Search this
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videocassettes (u-matic)
Silent films
South America
Scope and Contents:
Footage shot in Peru of life in Hacienda Vicos. Scenes depict agricultural activities (breaking ground with oxen and wooden plows and hoeing and digging potatoes), panoptic views of high valley, making mud bricks for house construction, school grounds and classroom scenes, mestizo women spinning wool while men work the fields, man setting up and operating a loom, domestic activities with women and children, a woman curer ministering to sick patient and divining from the entrails of a guinea pig, ceremonial activities around the plaza of local church, and crowds and religious festival activity--a procession with image of the Virgin Mary. Footage was shot in association with a Cornell University project directed by Allan Holmberg to study the transformation of a colonial hacienda into a free community. Supplementary materials: 3 Agriculture ox and plow Peru ; Cultivation potatoes Peru ; Funerals processions coffins Peru ; Tools hoes Peru ; Harvests potatoes Peru ; Planting potatoes Peru ; Bricks construction of Peru ; Houses construction of Peru ; Schools activities in Peru ; Meals school children Peru ; Food preparation schools Peru ; Wool spinning Peru ; Division of labor sexual Peru ; Breastfeeding Quechua Peru ; Looms operation of Quechua Peru ; Curing curandera Quechua Peru ; Curers curandera Peru ; Divination guinea pig entrals curandera Peru ; Musical instruments drums flutes violins Peru ; Churches ceremonies processions Peru ; Costumes ceremonies "Indians" Peru ; Statues Virgin Mary ceremony Peru ; Dance ceremony Peru ; Language and culture Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.
Local Number:
HSFA 1988.12.1
Received from John Collier, Jr. in 1988.
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silent films
John Collier Jr. film of Hacienda Vicos, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution John Collier Jr. film of Hacienda Vicos
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Human Studies Film Archives