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Indians of North America the Navajo 1993

Catalog Data

Nevison, Henry Producer  Search this
Henry Nevison; Producer, Director  Search this
Marty Moss-Coane; Narration  Search this
Harold Boihem; Editor  Search this
Dana Palermo, Rick Scott; Audio  Search this
Robin Buerki, Henry Nevison, Leon Skyharse Thomas; Video  Search this
Andrew Schlessinger, John Gerbec, Dana Palermo; producers  Search this
Physical description:
29 min sound color video
Navajo Indians  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Indians of North America Southwest, New  Search this
Projected media
Collection descriptions
North America
United States, Texas, Mexico
Indians of North America Series: The Navajo. Edited film documents the history of the Navajo with special emphasis on the transitions from a hunter gatherer society to farming and then to shepherding, the ever present conflict with the United States government and a discussion of the future of Navajo culture and traditions. Film addresses the issue of land seizure by the United States, The Republic of Texas and Mexico, focusing on the ultimate surrender of the Navajos to the U.S. Army in 1863, the forced "Long Walk" 250 miles to New Mexico, and their subsequent life on a reservation. Once on the reservation, film explores the educational policies for Navajo schoolchildren which included forbidding children to speak Navajo or openly discussing any aspect of tradition or culture, the effects of the Christian missionaries, the policies of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the marketing of Navajo blankets and jewelry for the outside world. Footage depicts "Hogans," Navajo homes made of a thick branch framework covered with mud and earth; Navajo beadwork, blankets and jewelry; 1934 black and white government film; World War II footage of Navajo men in the armed services; schoolchildren on reservations; the site of the Navajo surrender to the U.S. Army in 1863; Navajo youth today in public schools. Interviews with various Navajos reveal the use of Navajo language for codes during World War II, the importance of respect and kindness to animals and nature, and the necessity to instill a knowledge and appreciation of Navajo culture and traditions in Navajo youth today.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Land--acquisition of  Search this
Land--as a source of wealth  Search this
Land--as property  Search this
Land--reclamation  Search this
Land--clearing for construction  Search this
Land--conservation policies  Search this
Land--reservations  Search this
Settlement--patterns  Search this
Exploitation  Search this
Warfare--surrender  Search this
Migration  Search this
World War II  Search this
Territorial--boundaries--exploitation  Search this
Territory--annexed consolidation of  Search this
Government--activities--agencies  Search this
Government--care of dependent ethnic groups  Search this
Government--education--public  Search this
Government--expeditions  Search this
Government--military  Search this
Government--policies  Search this
Political--authority  Search this
Political--reform  Search this
Political--system--philosopy  Search this
Military--armed forces  Search this
Military--posts--tactics  Search this
Education--curriculum  Search this
Education--teachers in--theories of  Search this
Education--attitudes toward  Search this
History--oral, as a method  Search this
Spiritualism  Search this
Missions--religious  Search this
Nature--ideas about  Search this
Descent--matrilineal  Search this
Assimilation--of ethnic groups  Search this
Trading--posts  Search this
Weaving--weavers  Search this
Weaving--looms--hand  Search this
Wool--production--blankets  Search this
Silversmiths  Search this
Dwellings--Hogans  Search this
Jewelry--manufacture  Search this
Hunting--buffalo  Search this
Animals--sheep  Search this
Animals--herding  Search this
Animals--cattle  Search this
Animals--grazing, round-ups of--ideas about--taming and domestication of  Search this
Agriculture--by-products--science--tools  Search this
Exploring--expeditions  Search this
Ownership--individual--collective  Search this
Culture--accomodation--adaptation  Search this
Culture--change  Search this
Culture--continuity  Search this
Culture  Search this
Culture--ideals  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1995.1.7
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives