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William Van Valin's Films of Pt. Barrow, Alaska 1912-1918

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Van Valin, William  Search this
Physical description:
master 1 disc silent b&w DVD
master video cassette silent b&w Betacam SP
master video cassette silent b&w Digital Betacam
Arctic peoples  Search this
Eskimos  Search this
Indians of North America Subarctic  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)
North America
United States
Nome (Alaska)
Point Barrow, Alaska
Title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work) -- archival collection
Footage shot by William Van Valin as leader of the John Wanamaker Expedition to Pt. Barrow, Alaska for the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Footage known under the title TIP TOP OF THE EARTH: ARCTIC ALASKAN ESKIMO EDUCATIONAL SERIES. Includes subtitles and intertitles explaining shots. Cassette includes sections of films entitled "Eskimo Reindeer Industry", "Eskimo Seal Hunting", "Eskimo Whaling, part II", and "Scenes of the Midnight Sun". Depicted are activities associated with reindeer herding such as building an "ice pen" (coral) in which to rope, count, and tag animals; butchering reindeer; scenes pertaining to seal hunting by solitary hunters; seal retreived with a line after being shot with rifle; difficulties of returning over ice ridges with prey; dog team pulling beardedter being shot with rifle; difficulties of returning over ice ridges with prey; dog team pulling bearded seal from water's edge; women skinning seal with ulu; removing blood and intestines from seal; sledding whale meat to ice cellars; drying measevere weather; scenes around a whaling encampment; butchering a whale at water's edge; removing the jaw of whale to extract baleen; removing and cleaning baleen strips to be used as trade goods; whaling spot--nela-ka-tuk--tossing people on stretched walrus hide. Views of archeological excavations at Pt. Barrow showing sketal and cranial remains. which illustrate differences in communal life; Eskimo with dog team and sleds; the Pt. Barrow community gathered around their church; dances performed by men to dramatize everyday events; man paddling a kayak and demonstrating technique of the "eskimo roll"; children's games and walrus hide toss; Various activities associated with whaling.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Dogs--as means of transportation  Search this
Sleds--as transportation  Search this
Guns--used in seal hunting  Search this
Boats--use in hunting  Search this
Hunting--guns  Search this
Food quest--hunting--fishing--whaling  Search this
Food preparation--butchering--drying  Search this
Food preservation--techniques of  Search this
Dancing--drumming  Search this
Ecology--seasonal movements  Search this
Dancing--drums  Search this
Food--communal distribution  Search this
Animal husbandry--reindeer  Search this
Herding--reindeer  Search this
Whaling--butchering  Search this
Hides--preparation of--use of  Search this
Sewing--of hides  Search this
Corrals--reindeer herding  Search this
Division of labor--by sex  Search this
Work groups--butchering--of whales  Search this
Games--children  Search this
Language and culture  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1986.5.1 - 2
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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