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Dino J. Grossa photographs of Waica peoples

Creator:
Grossa, Dino J.  Search this
Extent:
4 Color prints
Culture:
Akawaio (Acawai)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Color prints
Photographs
Place:
Orinoco River
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs documenting Waica people, including one image of two men smoking yapo. Dino J. Grossa made the photographs in a village or villages on the Orinoco River near Caracas, Venezuela, on May 22, 1970.
Biographical/Historical note:
Padre Dino J. Grossa was part of a UNESCO mission to Venezuela.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 79-31
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Motion picture film depicting Waica people can be found in the Human Studies Film Archives in HSFA 2006.2.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo lot 79-31, Dino J. Grossa photographs of Waica peoples, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.79-31
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-79-31

Felix DiGiovanni and Paul Beer photographs of the Guahibo and other indigenous tribes of eastern Colombia

Creator:
Beer, Paul  Search this
DiGiovanni, Felix V.  Search this
Collector:
Bellis, Tom  Search this
Extent:
102 Photographic prints (Black and white, silver gelatin)
Culture:
Guahibo  Search this
Piapoco (Piapoko)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Place:
Vaupés (Colombia)
Colombia
Orinoco River
Date:
Circa 1938
Summary:
Photographs made by Paul Beer and Felix DiGiovanni depicting indigenous people, primarily the Guahibo, as well as the natural and cultural features of the Vaupés region of Eastern Colombia.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of 85 photographic prints mounted on paperboard, with annotations made by Genevieve Bellis, wife of Tom Bellis. Also included are 18 enlargements mounted on black paper with annotations (not Bellis') in Spanish, and a number written on the back. With one exception (Item 29), the enlargements are of the photographs mounted on paperboard.

The photographs depict the indigenous people of eastern Colombia, primarily the Guahibo tribe, as well as the natural and cultural features of the Vichada region. Other tribes represented in the photographs include the Piapoco, Guanano, Banibo, Casanare, Guayabero, and Tucano tribes. The location depicted in the images is in the Vichada region, unless otherwise indicated.

The photographs show the customs and daily activities of the tribes, including bathing, washing clothes, cooking, fishing, hunting, making arrows and dugout canoes, house-building, creating water pitchers from clay, weaving cloth from the bark of trees, and preparing for ceremonies.
Biographical / Historical:
Felix V. DiGiovanni (ca. 1913-1990) was an American engineer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker. He was raised in the Bronx and graduated with an engineering degree from The City College of New York in 1933. As a young man, he traveled throughout Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil, and later became interested in documenting the eastern plains of Colombia, known as Los Llanos, as well as its inhabitants. In the late 1930s, he returned to Colombia to film a documentary on the indigenous people of the Vaupés region.

DiGiovanni's partner in the expedition was Paul Beer. Beer (1904-1979) was a German photographer active in Bogota, Colombia, in the late 1920s.

By 1941, DiGiovanni's documentary film about the Guahibo was completed. In 1944 he returned to Colombia to work with the U.S. Cinchona Mission, which comprised a team of scientists travelling to the Andes region to find cinchona trees, whose bark produces the alkaloid quinine, used for treating malaria.

DiGiovanni met Tom Bellis during this time. Bellis (1907-1993) was an officer with the Food and Drug Administration. From October 1942 until December 1945, he worked for the Board of Economic Warfare in Bogota, Colombia at the Instituto Nacional de Higiene Samper-Martinez. Here, he directed a laboratory which analyzed cinchona bark. In November 1945, Bellis purchased this set of photographs, along with 28 Guahibo artifacts, from DiGiovanni.

Felix DiGiovanni returned to New York in 1946 and became a mechanical engineer with a major oil company. In 1960, he completed a draft of a manuscript about his experiences with the Guahibo, titled The Call of the Curassow and the Land of the Guahibo Indians. He intended to publish it and also produce a Spanish translation, but he died December 31, 1990, before it could be finished. In 1994, Pauline DiGiovanni, DiGiovanni's widow, published 40 copies of the manuscript in English.

After the expedition with DiGiovanni, Paul Beer's photography focused primarily on architectural and industrial themes. He lived in Bogota until his death in 1979.
Related Materials:
The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) holds the Felix V. DiGiovanni collection from Colombia, collection ID number NMAI.AC.300, donated by DiGiovanni's widow, Pauline DiGiovanni. It contains prints and negatives different from the NAA's collection, a 16mm film, and the book The Call of the Curassow and the Land of the Guahibo Indians. NMAI also has objects collected by DiGiovanni, including baskets, tools, necklaces, woven bags, hammocks, arrows, and pottery.
Separated Materials:
Along with the photographs, Genevieve Bellis donated 28 objects from the Guahibo tribe, which are held in the National Museum of Natural History's anthropology collections. These form accession number 400216, and include wooden bows, a woven hammock, arrows, a water jug, ceremonial necklaces, a gourd rattle, a reed tube rattle, a small gourd containing curare, incised spindle whorls, and bead necklaces.
Provenance:
The photographs were donated by Genevieve Bellis, widow of Tom Bellis, in 1995.
Restrictions:
There are no restrictions on this collection.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Guanano Indians  Search this
Baniwa Indians  Search this
Tucano Indians  Search this
Guayabero Indians  Search this
Citation:
Photo lot 1995-41, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.1995-41
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Felix DiGiovanni and Paul Beer photographs of the Guahibo and other indigenous tribes of eastern Colombia
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-1995-41

The Feast 1968

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Ethnographer:
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
archival original one film reel (1,044 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Venezuela
Orinoco River
South America
Date:
1968
Topic:
Language and culture  Search this
Ceremony--feasts--Yanomano  Search this
Weapons--ritual aggression--Yanomamo  Search this
Dwellings--shabono--Yanomamo  Search this
Aggression--ritualized--Yanomamo  Search this
Warfare--Yanomamo  Search this
Adornment--ceremonial--feathers--body paint--Yanomamo  Search this
Dance--ritual--Yanomamo  Search this
Exchange--ceremonial--alliances--Yanomamo  Search this
Food preparation--feasts--Yanomamo  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.7
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218444

Myth of Naro as Told by Dedeheiwa 1974

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Ethnographer:
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (22 minutes) sound color 1/2 inch
master one video cassette (22 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original one film reel (792 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Venezuela
Orinoco River
South America
Date:
1974
Topic:
Language and culture  Search this
Myths--malign magic--Yanomamo  Search this
Oral performance--myths--Yanomamo  Search this
Storytelling--Yanomamo  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.13
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218449

Myth of Naro as Told by Kaobawa 1975

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Ethnographer:
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (22 minutes) sound color 1/2 inch
master one video cassette (22 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original one film reel (792 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Venezuela
Orinoco River
South America
Date:
1975
Topic:
Myths--malign magic--Yanomamo  Search this
Oral performance--myths--Yanomamo  Search this
Storytelling--Yanomamo  Search this
Language and culture  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.14
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218450

Bride Service 1975

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Ethnographer:
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (10 minutes) sound color 1/2 inch
master one video cassette (10 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original one film reel (360 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Venezuela
Orinoco River
South America
Date:
1975
Topic:
Language and culture  Search this
Food gathering--Yanomamo  Search this
Division of labor--sexual--Yanomamo  Search this
Villages--Yanomamo  Search this
Kinship--avoidance rules--Yanomamo  Search this
Polygyny--Yanomamo  Search this
Authority--kinship--politico-jural rules--Yanomamo  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.3
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218438

Climbing the Peach Palm 1974

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Ethnographer:
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
reference 1 video cassette (9 minutes) sound color 1/2 inch
master 1 video cassette (9 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original 1 film reel (324 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Venezuela
Orinoco River
South America
Date:
1974
Topic:
Language and culture  Search this
Food gathering--Yanomamo  Search this
Division of labor--sexual--Yanomamo  Search this
Ecology--tropical rainforest  Search this
Kinship--obligations of--Yanomamo  Search this
Technology--Yanomamo  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.5
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218439

Children's Magical Death 1974

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Ethnographer:
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
reference 1 video cassette (7 minutes) sound color 1/2 inch
master 1 video cassette (7 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original 1 film reel (252 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Venezuela
Orinoco River
South America
Date:
1974
Topic:
Language and culture  Search this
Shamanism--mimicry of--Yanomamo  Search this
Play--as socialization--Yanomamo  Search this
Spirits--invocation of--Yanomamo  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.4
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218441

Firewood 1974

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Ethnographer:
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
reference 1 video cassette (10 minutes) sound color 1/2 inch
master 1 video cassette (10 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original 1 film reel (360 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Venezuela
Orinoco River
South America
Date:
1974
Topic:
Language and culture  Search this
Chores--chopping firewood--Yanomamo  Search this
Division of labor--sexual--Yanomamo  Search this
Ecology--tropical rainforest  Search this
Division of labor--by sex--Yanomamo  Search this
Firewood--gathering of--Yanomamo  Search this
Play--children--Yanomamo  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.8
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218442

A Father Washes His Children 1974

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Ethnographer:
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
reference 1 video cassette (15 minutes) sound color 1/2 inch
master 1 video cassette (15 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original 1 film reel (540 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Venezuela
Orinoco River
South America
Date:
1974
Topic:
Language and culture  Search this
Hygiene--bathing--Yanomamo  Search this
Ecology--tropical--Yanomamo  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.6
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218443

Jaguar: a Yanomamo Twin Cycle Myth as Told by Daramasiwa 1976

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Ethnographer:
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (22 minutes) sound color 1/2 inch
master one video cassette (22 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original one film reel (729 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Venezuela
Orinoco River
South America
Date:
1976
Topic:
Language and culture  Search this
Storytelling--myths--Yanomamo  Search this
Myths--Jaguar--performance of--Yanomamo  Search this
Performances--mythology--Yanomamo  Search this
Oratory--storytelling--Yanomamo  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.9
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218445

Magical Death 1973

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Ethnographer:
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (29 minutes) sound color 1/2 inch
master one video cassette (29 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original one film reel (1,044 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Venezuela
Orinoco River
South America
Date:
1973
Topic:
Language and culture  Search this
Shamanism--magical attack--Yanomamo  Search this
Alliances--inter-village--shamanism--Yanomamo  Search this
Spirits--hekura--invocation of--Yanomamo  Search this
Possession--shamans--Yanomamo  Search this
Aggression--magical attack--shamans--Yanomamo  Search this
Warfare--inter-village--Yanomamo  Search this
Drugs--hallucinogenic--spirit possession--Yanomamo  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.10
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218446

A Man and His Wife Weave a Hammock 1974

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Ethnographer:
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (12 minutes) sound color 1/2 inch
master one video cassette (12 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original one film reel (432 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Venezuela
Orinoco River
South America
Date:
1974
Topic:
Language and culture  Search this
Weaving--hammock--Yanomamo  Search this
Crafts--weaving--Yanomamo  Search this
Interpersonal relations--familial--Yanomamo  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.11
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218447

Moonblood: a Yanomamo Creation Myth as Told by Dedeheiwa 1974

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Ethnographer:
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (14 minutes) sound color 1/2 inch
master one video cassette (14 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original one film reel (504 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Venezuela
Orinoco River
South America
Date:
1974
Topic:
Language and culture  Search this
Shamans--storytelling--muths--Yanomamo  Search this
Myths--Creation--Yanomamo  Search this
Storytelling--shamans--Yanomamo  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.12
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218448

New Tribes Mission 1974

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Ethnographer:
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (12 minutes) sound color 1/2 inch
master one video cassette (12 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original one film reel (432 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Venezuela
Orinoco River
South America
Date:
1974
Topic:
Language and culture  Search this
Missions--Catholic--Yanomamo  Search this
Acculturation--Yanomamo  Search this
Schools--mission teachers--Yanomamo  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.15
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218451

Tug-of-war, Yanomamo 1975

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Ethnographer:
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (9 minutes) sound color 1/2 inch
master one video cassette (9 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original one film reel (324 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Venezuela
Orinoco River
South America
Date:
1975
Topic:
Language and culture  Search this
Play--tug-of-war--Yanomamo  Search this
Ecology--tropical habitat--Yanomamo  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.18
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218454

Weeding the Garden 1974

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Ethnographer:
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (14 minutes) sound color 1/2 inch
master one video cassette (14 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
archival original one film reel (504 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Venezuela
Orinoco River
South America
Date:
1974
Topic:
Language and culture  Search this
Subsistence activities--gardens--Yanomamo  Search this
Interpersonal relations--familial--Yanomamo  Search this
Family--interpersonal relations--Yanomamo  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.19
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218455

Yanamamö Film Project 1968

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
reference film reel (15,623 feet) sound color 16mm
preservation 23 film reels (15,623 feet) sound color 16mm
archival original 23 film reels (15,623 feet) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
South America
Venezuela
Orinoco River
Date:
1968
Topic:
Language and culture  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.20
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_379880

Yanomamö Film Project 1971

Creator:
Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Ethnographer:
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
reference 79 film reels (69,362) sound color 16mm
preservation 79 film reels (69,362) sound color 16mm
archival original 79 film reels (69,362) sound color 16mm
Culture:
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
Venezuela
Orinoco River
South America
Date:
1971
Topic:
Language and culture  Search this
Shamans--headmen--Yanomamo  Search this
Subsistence activities--Yanomamo  Search this
Exchange--inter-village--Yanomamo  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1984.16.1
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218456

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