Full film record shot in 1969-70 in Papua New Guinea Highlands and Sepik area for a project on the impact of media on traditional cultures. Footage includes a male initiation rite including incising the skin and rubbing dirt for scarification.
Supplementary materials include audio tapes of wild sound shot at the time of filming.
The collection also includes film and associated sound recordings for a film by Edmund Carpenter on Eskimo art, received in accessions 2018.07 and 2018.08.
Legacy Keywords: Initiation rituals ; Body decoration, adornment and mutilations ; Scarification (Body marking)
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.
The Edmund Snow Carpenter papers are held by the National Anthropological Archives.
Received in multiple accessions from Adelaide De Menil and Edmund Carpenter in 2004 and 2018.
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.