Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Search Results

Collections Search Center
277 documents - page 1 of 14

Meet the Archivist: Pam Wintle

Creator:
Smithsonian Channel  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2020-06-12T19:57:12.000Z
YouTube Category:
Entertainment  Search this
See more by:
smithsonianchannel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Channel
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianchannel
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_t8HGYyvtW6I

Damacio Caitruz (by Jorge Prelorán)

Creator:
Human Studies Film Archives  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2011-06-20T19:28:35.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Anthropology  Search this
See more by:
HSFAFilmClips
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
YouTube Channel:
HSFAFilmClips
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_ksQMAvxlX6s

La Iglesia de Yavi (by Jorge Prelorán)

Creator:
Human Studies Film Archives  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2011-06-20T20:12:24.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Anthropology  Search this
See more by:
HSFAFilmClips
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
YouTube Channel:
HSFAFilmClips
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_OOJtWV8-RJc

Ethnographic Film Archives

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Container:
Box 73
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Some materials are restricted.

Access to the Department of Anthropology records requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Department of Anthropology records
Department of Anthropology records / Series 11: Administrative Records
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref4232

Hendricks-Hodge Hawikku Expedition photograph collection

Creator:
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation  Search this
Names:
Hendricks-Hodge Expedition (1917-1923).  Search this
Hendricks, Harmon Washington, 1846-1928  Search this
Heye, George G. (George Gustav), 1874-1957  Search this
Heye, Thea  Search this
Former owner:
Cadzow, Donald A., 1894-1960  Search this
Coffin, Edwin F. (Edwin Francis), b. 1883  Search this
Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956  Search this
Nusbaum, Jesse L. (Jesse Logan)  Search this
Pepper, George H. (George Hubbard), 1873-1924  Search this
Schindler, Victor  Search this
Skinner, Alanson, 1886-1925  Search this
Extent:
1122 Negatives (photographic)
250 Photographic prints
4.25 Linear feet
Culture:
A:shiwi (Zuni)  Search this
American Indians -- Southwest  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Photographic prints
Place:
Hawikuh (N. M.)
Date:
1917-1923
Summary:
This collection includes negatives and prints created between 1917 and 1923 during the Hendricks-Hodge Hawikku (Hawikuh) archaeological expedition on the A:shiwi (Zuni) Reservation in New Mexico. The expedition which was sponsored by the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, was one of the most extensive archaeological projects conducted at the time. Photographs in this collection were shot by Alanson B. Skinner, Frederick Webb Hodge, Edwin Francis Coffin, George Hubbard Pepper, Jesse L. Nusbaum, Donald Cadzow, and Victor Schindler. Many of the photographs in this collection have been restricted due to cultural sensitivity.
Scope and Contents:
The photographs in this collection were shot between 1917 and 1923 by various archaeologists and ethnographers involved in the Hawikku excavations. This includes Alanson B. Skinner, Frederick Webb Hodge, Edwin Francis Coffin, George Hubbard Pepper, Jesse L. Nusbaum, Donald Cadzow, and Victor Schindler. Many of the photographs in this collection have been restricted due to cultural sensitivity.

Photographs from 1917 were shot by Alanson B. Skinner and Frederick Webb Hodge and include images with Zuni workmen as well as many images of burials (restricted). Photographs from 1918 were shot Edwin Francis Coffin and George Hubbard Pepper. Pepper's photographs include images of Kyusita (Cayusetsa) a Zuni potter, at work. Photographs from 1919 were shot by Jesse Nusbaum and Frederick Webb Hodge and include images of room sites, burials (restricted) and Camp Harmon. There are also images of George and Thea Heye, Harmon Hendricks and Joseph Keppler at the site.

Photographs from 1921 and 1923 were shot by Edwin Coffin and include Portraits of A:shiwi (Zuni) community members, kiva sites and room sites. There are also photographs from Donald Cadzow from 1923. Cadzow was assigned to accompany and assist Owen Cattell during the 1923 filming of events and ceremonies at Zuni (see NMAI. AC.001.001, Museum of the American Indian Ethnographic Film Collection). These include images of pottery making, skin dressing, as well as ceremonial photographs (restricted). Victor Schindler also shot images of the Rain Dance and of Owen Cattell filming at this time.

In addition to on site photographs, there are also object images included in this collection. There are also a small amount of photographs from Kechipauan that are included in this collection, separate from the Louis C.G. Clarke Kechipauan Expedition photographs (NMAI.AC.001.044).

Many of the negatives are glass plate, though the majority were also copied onto acetate "safety film" in the 1960's during a photo conservation project. Any original nitrate negatives were destroyed by the museum.
Arrangement:
Arranged by catalog number.
Biographical / Historical:
The Hendricks-Hodge Hawikku (Hawkuh) Expedition was one of the most extensive archaeological projects ever conducted in the Southwest. With major funding from Harmon W. Hendricks, Frederick Webb Hodge began the field work in 1917 while still with the Bureau of American Ethnology. The first season was jointly sponsored by the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation (MAI) and the Smithsonian Institution. Hodge joined the staff of the MAI in 1918 and subsequent fieldwork during the summers of 1918-1921 was sponsored by this institution. The last field season, during the summer of 1923, was jointly sponsored by the Museum of the American Indian and Louis C.G. Clarke, then director of the University Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, Cambridge University. Major excavations were carried out at two sites of early historic villages near the modern Pueblo of Zuni, New Mexico: Hawikku (also Hawikuh) and Kechiba:wa (also Kechipawan, Kechipaun, or Kechipauan).

During the work at Hawikku, Hodge supervised a staff which included Jesse L. Nusbaum, Edwin F. Coffin, Samuel K. Lothrop, George Hubbard Pepper, Alanson Buck Skinner, Donald A. Cadzow, and Louis C. G. Clarke. In addition, at least 39 A:shiwi (Zuni) men participated in this excavation of their ancestral villages. Hodge's archaeological techniques encompassed stratigraphic excavation; the systematic recording of rooms, features, artifacts in field notebooks; in situ photographs; and ethnographic analogy. These techniques resulted in the recovery and documentation of thousands of artifacts of diverse types including ceramics, wood, bone, textiles, shell, lithics, and architectural elements from about 370 rooms, 1000 burials, and the large mission church and its associated friary. Hodge published several articles and one book related to the site on specialized topics such as bonework, turquoise, and the history of Hawikku. The only descriptive publication of the excavations, The Excavation of Hawikuh by Frederick Webb Hodge, Report of the Hendricks-hodge Expedition, 19
Related Materials:
See associated materials in the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation records (NMAI.AC.001).

See: Hendricks-Hodge Archaeological Expedition papers. #9170. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

See: "The Excavation of Hawikuh by Frederick Webb Hodge: Report of the Hendricks-Hodge Expedition, 1917-1923," by Watson Smith, Richard Woodbury and Nathatlie Woodbury. Contributions from the Museum of the American Indian Heye Foundation, Volume XX, 1966
Provenance:
The photographs in this collection were sent back to the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation by the various photographers over the course of the field work, 1917-1923.
Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Thursday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu). Photographs with burials, human remains or any other cultural sensitivity are restricted.
Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited users to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not changed, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian.
Topic:
Excavations (Archaeology) -- New Mexico -- Photographs  Search this
New Mexico  Search this
Archeology -- Hawikuh -- New Mexico  Search this
Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Hendricks-Hodge Hawikku Expedition photograph collection (NMAI.AC.001.042), Item Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.001.042
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmai-ac-001-042

Casabindo (by Jorge Prelorán)

Creator:
Human Studies Film Archives  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2011-06-20T19:41:20.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Anthropology  Search this
See more by:
HSFAFilmClips
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
YouTube Channel:
HSFAFilmClips
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_yrn2P67rw5M

Video of Imaginero Film Screening Introduction and Panel Discussion

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Human Studies Film Archives  Search this
Names:
Preloran, Jorge, 1933-2009  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (1 hour, color sound; miniDV)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Date:
June 10, 2010
Scope and Contents:
Full video record of John Homiak's introduction to and panel discussion following HSFA's screening of Jorge Preloran's newly preserved film, Imaginero, at National Museum of Natural History, Baird auditorium, June 10, 2010. John Homiak (Human Studies Film Archives) also moderated the panel with Joshua Bell (National Museum of Natural History, Department of Anthropology), Pat Aufderheide (American University), Edgardo Krebs (National Museum of Natural History) and Melissa Bisagni (National Museum of the American Indian). From the audience, Mabel Preloran extemporaneously spoke about her husband's work.

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 Numbers:
HSFA 2012.10.1
Provenance:
Created by the Human Studies Film Archives.
Restrictions:
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.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Ethnographic films  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Citation:
Video of Imaginero Film Screening Introduction and Panel Discussion, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
HSFA.2012.10
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-hsfa-2012-10

Penn State educational film collection

Film distributor:
Pennsylvania State University. Audio-Visual Services  Search this
Extent:
Film reels (black-and-white color silent sound)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Silent films
Sound films
Place:
Africa, East
Africa, Central
Africa, North
Africa, West
Europe
North America
Oceania
South America
South Asia
Southeast Asia
Date:
1938-1978, undated
Scope and Contents:
Collection consists of at least 79 film prints retired from Penn State's Audio-Visual Services Library.

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.
Provenance:
Received from Pennsylvania State University Audio-Visual Services in 1994.
Restrictions:
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.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Ethnographic films  Search this
Genre/Form:
silent films
Sound films
Citation:
Penn State educational film collection, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
HSFA.1994.19
See more items in:
Penn State educational film collection
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-hsfa-1994-19

Siberia Through Siberian Eyes

Creator:
Badger, Mark  Search this
Extent:
1 Videocassettes (VHS) (51 minutes, color sound)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videocassettes (vhs)
Video recordings
Place:
Asia, Central
Siberia
Date:
1992
Scope and Contents:
Edited video documents participation of 13 students from various Siberian locales in an ethnographic film seminar given by anthropologist Asen Balikci, from University of Montreal, and filmmaker Mark Badger, from Alaska, in the Siberian town of Kazim. The Khanty inhabitants of this town are attempting to re-establish their ethnic identity which was suppressed during the Soviet policy of centralization. This and issues involved in filming the student's own ethnic groups and their representation to a larger audience are discussed. Examples of the students' filmming projects are included.

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 1993.12.1
Provenance:
Received from Mark Badger in 1993.
Restrictions:
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.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Citation:
Siberia Through Siberian Eyes, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
HSFA.1993.12
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-hsfa-1993-12

Ethnographic Film Survey of Tamang and Sherpa Villages, Nepal

Collection Creator:
National Anthropological Film Center (U.S.)  Search this
Reinhard, Johan  Search this
Extent:
Film reels (color silent; 1,900 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1978
Scope and Contents:
Footage shot for the National Anthropological Film Center, Smithsonian Institution for purposes of identifying villages for a possible future film project. Aspects of daily life are featured: women and children bathing, the village-wide building of a house, children playing, men playing the flute, woman carrying toddler in a basket, mother teaching children to pound wheat, men gambling, women weaving, women drying rice in the sun on bamboo mats and washing dishes in clay pots outside. Also documented is a religious ceremony where a blessing is given, and men drum followed by a celebration of dancing and eating and villagers adorn themselves with elaborate and colorful braided headbands and red scarves.
General:
Local Numbers: HSFA 1986.13.21
See more items in:
National Anthropological Film Center films of Nepal
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-1986-13npl-ref28

Ethnographic Film Survey of Tharu Villages, Nepal

Collection Creator:
National Anthropological Film Center (U.S.)  Search this
Reinhard, Johan  Search this
Extent:
Film reels (color silent; 900 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1978
Scope and Contents:
Footage shot for the National Anthropological Film Center, Smithsonian Institution, to identify villages for a future film project. Aspects of daily life are featured: men leading a herd of yaks across the river, village-wide participation in contstructing an above ground house, sexual division of labor where men perform carpentry for a house and women gather water in clay pots by the river, women using thick fishing nets to gather seafood and women crossing river via a narrow log bridge. Ceremonial footage depicts pig and chicken sacrifices for the Hindu festival of Dasain.
General:
Local Numbers: HSFA 1986.13.22
See more items in:
National Anthropological Film Center films of Nepal
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-1986-13npl-ref29

Ethnographic Film Survey of the Raji People of Western Nepal

Collection Creator:
National Anthropological Film Center (U.S.)  Search this
Reinhard, Johan  Search this
Extent:
Film reels (color silent; 1,300 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1976
Scope and Contents:
Footage shot for the National Anthropological Film Center, Smithsonian Institution, to identify villages for a future film project. Aspects of Raji daily life are featured; weaving fishnets and casting them to fish; women washing and preparing vegetables; young girls bringing water up from the well; men carrying branches to use in building houses; a religious ceremony involving the planting of a tree and the blessing of "tika," a red dye mixed with rice; the use of sevearl varieties of mortars and pestles; men transporting large loads to other villages in baskets.
General:
Local Numbers: HSFA 1986.13.24
See more items in:
National Anthropological Film Center films of Nepal
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-1986-13npl-ref30

Ethnographic Film Survey of the Raji People of Western Nepal

Collection Creator:
National Anthropological Film Center (U.S.)  Search this
Reinhard, Johan  Search this
Extent:
Film reels (color silent; 3,900 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1978
Scope and Contents:
Footage shot for the National Anthropological Film Center, Smithsonian Institution, to indentify a village for potential filming projects. Regions filmed are the Western Nepali districts of Bankay, Bardia, Kahalee, Darehula, Ortadi and Surkat which feature the Purpiaragi and Bundaliraji peoples. Footage of the Purpiaraji include the muruni dance where a young boy dresses in women's clothes and dances with other boys. The Bundiliraji people, who live at the confluence of the Bari and Karnali rivers, are featured snaring a porcupine, a process that involves digging elaborate tunnels to trap the porcupine, whereby its quills are removed and it is roasted over a fire and eaten. Film sequences also document wedding preparations of a Bundiliraji bride: depicted are the bride receiving a blessing from her elders, ritual crying with her childhood female friends, carrying veiled bride to the wedding site, guests receiving rice wine, and the wedding ceremony and party. Other shots of village life portray the spirit possession of a male shaman; goat and pig sacrifices; dugout canoes; women threshing rice, maize and mustard, and a funeral service.
General:
Local Numbers: HSFA 1986.13.30
See more items in:
National Anthropological Film Center films of Nepal
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-1986-13npl-ref31

Imbalu film project

Collection Filmmaker:
Hawkins, Richard C., 1922-2015  Search this
Collection Anthropologist:
Heald, Suzette  Search this
Collection Creator:
MacDougall, David  Search this
Extent:
1 Videocassette (97 minutes, color sound)
Type:
Archival materials
Videocassettes
Date:
1967
Scope and Contents:
Full film record made in association with the University of California, Los Angeles, Ethnographic Film Program documenting a male initiation ceremony among the Gisu of the Mt. Elgon region of eastern Uganda. Footage explores circumcision as a central social institution which defines adult male identity and the unity of the Gisu as a people. Footage includes: discussions among kinsmen of the candidates' fitness, dancing and drumming around the initiates' compounds,ll animal sacrifce and divination by reading entrails to assess the propitiousness of the event, brewing of millet beer for the ceremony, annointing of initiates with beer yeast, and initiates' seculsion and circumcision by a ritual specialist.
Local Number:
HSFA 1985.1.1
Collection Restrictions:
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.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
Richard Hawkins Imbalu films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Richard Hawkins Imbalu films
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-1985-01-ref1

Imbalu

Collection Filmmaker:
Hawkins, Richard C., 1922-2015  Search this
Collection Anthropologist:
Heald, Suzette  Search this
Collection Creator:
MacDougall, David  Search this
Extent:
1 Videocassette (61 minutes, color sound)
Type:
Archival materials
Videocassettes
Date:
1967
Scope and Contents:
Edited film made in association with the University of California, Los Angeles, Ethnographic Film Program documents a male initiation ceremony among the Gisu of the Mt. Elgon region of eastern Uganda. The story of Gisu circumcision emerges through the narrative of two boys who announce their intention to undergo the ordeal of circumcision together. Film provides insight into circumcision as a central social institution which defines adult male identity and the unity of the Gisu as a people. Film includes: discussions among kinsmen of the candidates' fitness, dancing and drumming around the initiates' compounds, animal sacrifice and divination by reading entrails to assess the propitiousness of the event, brewing of millet beer for the ceremony, annointing of initiates with beer yeast, and initiates' seculsion and circumcision by a ritual specialist.
Local Number:
HSFA 1985.1.2
Collection Restrictions:
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.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
Richard Hawkins Imbalu films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Richard Hawkins Imbalu films
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-1985-01-ref2

Institut Für Den Wissenschaftlichen Filmen (IWF) Encyclopaedia Cinematographica film collection

Creator:
Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film (Göttingen, Germany)  Search this
Extent:
983 Film reels (176 hours 39 minutes, black-and-white color silent sound, 16mm)
Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Silent films
Sound films
Date:
1926-1973
Scope and Contents:
Titles from IWF's Encyclopaedia Cinematographica of ethographic films ranging in dates from 1926 to 1973. Collection includes German language study guides for each film.

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.
Provenance:
Received from IWF Wissen und Medien gGmbH via Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Audio-Visual Services in 2006.
Restrictions:
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.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Genre/Form:
silent films
Sound films
Citation:
Institut Für Den Wissenschaftlichen Filmen (IWF) Encyclopaedia Cinematographica film collection, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
HSFA.2006.02
See more items in:
Institut Für Den Wissenschaftlichen Filmen (IWF) Encyclopaedia Cinematographica film collection
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-hsfa-2006-02

Jorge Prelorán films

Creator:
Preloran, Jorge, 1933-2009  Search this
Names:
University of California, Los Angeles  Search this
Extent:
50 Film reels (50 completed films and 1 film series; 110,600 feet of original film outtakes (51 hours); 412 hours of audiotape; 31 digital books)
22 Linear feet (Papers and photographs)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Place:
Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
Argentina
Date:
1954-circa 2008
Summary:
Documentary filmmaker Jorge Prelorán was best known for his intimate approach to ethnographic film, a style known as "ethnobiography." The majority of Prelorán's films were shot in rural areas of Argentina, particularly the Andean highlands and the Pampas (plains), often in communities of mixed Indian and Spanish heritage. Prelorán documented a wide range of subjects, including art, folk crafts, agriculture, ranching, markets, religious rituals and festivals, and social and cultural change. This collection contains edited films and videos, film outtakes, audio tapes, photographic prints and transparencies, digital books, correspondence, production files, scripts, project files, and press clippings spanning 1954-2008.
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains edited films and videos, film outtakes, audio tapes, photographic prints and transparencies, digital books, correspondence, production files, scripts, project files, and press clippings spanning 1954-2008.

The majority of Prelorán's films were shot in rural areas of Argentina, particularly the Andean highlands and the Pampas (plains), often in communities of mixed Indian and Spanish heritage. Prelorán documented a wide range of subjects, including art, folk crafts, agriculture, ranching, markets, religious rituals and festivals, and social and cultural change. Several films focus on natural history and science. There are also a number of experimental and fiction films.

Prelorán formed close friendships with many of the subjects of his films and corresponded with them long after the films were completed. This is reflected in the paper records, as is Prelorán's wide circle of colleagues and collaborators, including anthropologists, musicians, animators, historians, painters, writers, photographers, current and former students at UCLA, and fellow filmmakers. The extensive collection of press clippings, screening notices, and festival catalogs documents Prelorán's influence in Argentina, Europe, and the United States.

In the series of digital books, Prelorán presents the personal stories of individuals involved in creative work. Some books feature subjects profiled in the films, updating or expanding on their stories.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged in 11 series: (1) Completed Films and Videos, 1954-circa 2008; (2) Film Outtakes, 1960s-1980s; (3) Audio, 1969-2008; (4) Correspondence, 1954-2005 (bulk 1967-1992); (5) Production Files, 1961-1998; (6) Project Files, 1967-1995; (7) UCLA, 1968-2005 (bulk 1980s); (8) Press Clippings, 1960-2005; (9) Photographs, 1961-2000; (10) Books, 1994-1998, undated; (11) Electronic Files, circa 2000-circa 2006
Biographical Note:
Documentary filmmaker Jorge Prelorán was best known for his intimate approach to ethnographic film, a style known as "ethnobiography." In films such as Hermógenes Cayo (Imaginero) (1970), Los Hijos de Zerda (Zerda's Children) (1974), and Zulay Frente al Siglo XXI (Zulay Facing the 21st Century) (1989), Prelorán's protagonists tell their personal stories, while also revealing the stories of their communities and cultures. Prelorán worked in Latin America and the United States, but primarily in his native country of Argentina. His career spanned from 1954 to 2008, including nearly twenty years as a film professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Prelorán was born May 28, 1933 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His father, an engineer, was Argentine and had studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he met his wife, an American. Prelorán grew up speaking both Spanish and English. Initially pursuing a career in architecture, he studied at the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires. He made his first film, Venganza, with neighborhood friends in Buenos Aires in 1954. The film won the Beginner's Festival of Cine Club Argentina that same year. Prelorán was accepted as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, and studied architecture there for one year. In 1956 he withdrew from UC Berkeley and was drafted into the US Army. Prelorán served in West Germany until 1958. Upon his return he changed educational plans and began formal study of filmmaking, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Motion Pictures from UCLA in 1960.

Shortly before the end of his service in the US Army, Prelorán married Elsa Dondi, a former classmate from Buenos Aires. They lived together in Los Angeles until Elsa returned to Argentina for the birth of their daughter, Adriana, in 1961. The couple separated shortly thereafter.

Prelorán's professional career as a filmmaker began in 1961 with a commission from the Tinker Foundation of New York for a series of films on the Argentine gaucho. In the course of shooting for these films, Prelorán traveled extensively throughout Argentina, visiting many locations in Patagonia and in the northwest where he would later return to make many of his films. From 1963-1969, Prelorán was under contract at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán to produce educational films; he also produced a series of short films on Argentine folklife with support from Fondo Nacional de las Artes and under the mentorship of folklorist Augusto Raúl Cortazar, Ph.D.

In the late 1960s, Prelorán became involved with UCLA's Ethnographic Film Program and in 1970 he returned to UCLA as a lecturer for two semesters. Later that year he was a fellow at Harvard University's Film Study Center, where he produced the English-language version of Imaginero (Hermógenes Cayo). Prelorán was the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, in 1971 and 1975, and used those opportunities to produce quite a number of films, including Damacio Caitruz (Araucanians of Ruca Choroy).

Prelorán remarried in 1972. His wife, Mabel Freddi, became a collaborator on his films. She wrote the screenplay for Mi Tia Nora (My Aunt Nora) (1983) and co-directed Zulay Frente al Siglo XXI (Zulay Facing the 21st Century) (1989), among other credited and un-credited roles. After the Argentine military coup of March 1976 and the disappearances of fellow filmmaker Raymundo Gleyzer and Mabel's niece, Haydee, the Preloráns became fearful for their own safety. They fled to the United States, a move that would become permanent. Prelorán accepted a position as associate professor at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television. He later joined the faculty as a tenured professor.

During his time at UCLA, Prelorán was twice selected as a Fulbright Scholar, in 1987 and 1994. He continued to produce films, including the Academy Award-nominated documentary short Luther Metke at 94 (1980) and the 7-hour natural history television series Patagonia (1992). After retiring in 1994, Prelorán continued to mentor film students as Professor Emeritus; he also began work in a new medium, creating a series of digital books, "Nos = Otros" ("Sages Amongst Us") (unpublished), featuring individuals engaged in creative and educational pursuits.

Prelorán died at his home in Culver City, CA at the age of 75 on March 28, 2009.

Sources Consulted

UCLA, School of Theater, Film and Television. "Jorge Prelorán 1933 - 2009." Obituary. Last modified March 31, 2009. Accessed April 1, 2009. http://tft.ucla.edu/news/obituary

Jorge Prelorán Collection. Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

Rivera, Fermín. Huellas Y Memoria de Jorge Prelorán. Documentary film. 2010.

Woo, Elaine."Jorge Prelorán dies at 75; Argentine filmmaker and former UCLA professor." Los Angeles Times, April 5, 2009. Web. 29 Apr 2009.

1933 -- Born May 28 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

1952-1954 -- Studies at the College of Architecture, Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Argentina

1954 -- Completes first film, Venganza, a fictional short

1955 -- Studies at the College of Architecture, University of California at Berkeley

1956-1958 -- Drafted into United States Army, stationed in Schwetzingen, West Germany

1959-1960 -- Earns Bachelor of Arts in Motion Pictures from UCLA

1961-1963 -- Produces films on the Argentine gaucho for the Tinker Foundation, New York

1963-1969 -- Produces films at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina

1968 -- Attends the First International Colloquium on Ethnographic Film at UCLA

1969 -- Shoots film for The Warao People in Venezuela, under a grant from the Ford Foundation to the Ethnographic Film Program at UCLA

1970 -- Lecturer at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television Fellow at the Film Study Center, Harvard University

1971 -- Receives first Guggenheim Fellowship; completes several film projects in Argentina

1975 -- Receives second Guggenheim Fellowship; continues filming in Argentina

1976 -- Moves to United States Associate professor at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television

1978 -- Guest of Honor at the 2nd Margaret Mead Ethnographic Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History, New York

1980 -- Academy Award nominee for Luther Metke at 94

1985 -- Guest at the White House for a State Dinner in honor of Argentine President Raul Alfonsin

1986 -- Naturalized as a United States citizen

1987 -- First selection as Fulbright Scholar; begins production of the series Patagonia, en Busca de su Remoto Pasado

1994 -- Second selection as Fulbright Scholar; completes pre-production for the narrative feature film "Vairoletto: The Last Gaucho Outlaw" Retires from UCLA as professor emeritus

2009 -- Dies on March 28 in Culver City, California
Related Materials:
The Human Studies Film Archives holds a copy of Fermín Rivera's edited biographical documentary film, Huellas y Memoria de Jorge Prelorán (HSFA 2015.1.27), as well as transcripts of interviews conducted with Jorge and Mabel Prelorán for the film (in Spanish).

The Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, holds the original film for four titles Prelorán produced for the Tinker Foundation (New York, NY). These are: The Llanero; The Gaucho of Corrientes; The Gaucho of the Pampas; and The Gaucho of Salta. The Ransom Center has both English and Spanish versions of these titles. These four films were preserved in 2010 and 2011 with funding from the Tinker Foundation. HSFA holds high quality video masters of all four titles. A fifth film produced for the Tinker Foundation, El Gaucho Argentino, Hoy (The Argentine Gaucho, Today), is held at the HSFA in its Spanish version only.

The Arthur Hall Collection at Temple University, Phildadelphia, Pennsylvania and Ile Ife Films in Belfast, Maine hold a copy of The Unvictorious One that differs from the two versions held at the HSFA.
Provenance:
This collection was donated to the Human Studies Film Archives in two accessions. The first accession, 2007-10, contains the edited films, outtakes, audio recordings, papers, and photographs and was donated by Jorge Prelorán. Materials had been stored at Prelorán's home office and home editing suite before they were packed by the processing archivist and sent to the HSFA. The second accession, 2011-07, contains the digital books and some additional photographs. This accession was donated by Mabel Prelorán. These materials had also been stored at Prelorán's home office and were sent to the HSFA by Mabel Prelorán.
Restrictions:
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.

Various copyrights and restrictions on commercial use apply to the reproduction or publication of film, video, audio, photographs, and the digital books.

Access to the Jorge Prelorán collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Biography  Search this
Citation:
The Jorge Prelorán films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
HSFA.2007.10
See more items in:
Jorge Prelorán films
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-hsfa-2007-10
Online Media:

Valle Fertil

Collection Creator:
Preloran, Jorge, 1933-2009  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Ethnographic film documents life in a valley of the Llanos Riojanos, San Juan Province, western Argentina. Shot over several years, the film shows both tradition and change and features narration by local residents. Film was shot in the 1960s and released in 1972.
Series Restrictions:
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.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
The Jorge Prelorán films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Jorge Prelorán films
Jorge Prelorán films / Series 1: Completed Films and Videos / 1.1: Films directed by Prelorán
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-2007-10-ref110

Cochengo Miranda

Collection Creator:
Preloran, Jorge, 1933-2009  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Ethnographic film documents the life of a family in the Western Pampas, Argentina over the course of one year. The primary focus is Cochengo Miranda, a former folk singer who works as a rancher to support his family. Special attention is paid to the transculturation that is taking place and the differences in life for the older and younger generations. Film was shot in 1973 and 1974 and first released in 1974. In 1979, Prelorán produced an English language version and may have re-edited the Spanish version. In 2003, he updated the titles and credits in the English version. He may also have re-edited the English version at that time. The HSFA holds three version.
Series Restrictions:
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.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
The Jorge Prelorán films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Jorge Prelorán films
Jorge Prelorán films / Series 1: Completed Films and Videos / 1.1: Films directed by Prelorán
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-2007-10-ref112

Los Hijos de Zerda (Zerda's Children)

Collection Creator:
Preloran, Jorge, 1933-2009  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Ethnographic film documents a family of woodcutters living in isolation in the mountains of Calden, at the geographic center of Argentina. Through his narration, Sixto Ramon Zerda explains his wish for his children to be educated and to avoid the punishing work and exploitation he has suffered. Film was shot in 1974 and released that same year. In 1978, Prelorán produced an English language version, introduced by Henry Fonda. In 1994, Prelorán updated the titles and credits in the Spanish version, and may also have re-edited the film. The HSFA holds two versions.
Series Restrictions:
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.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
The Jorge Prelorán films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Jorge Prelorán films
Jorge Prelorán films / Series 1: Completed Films and Videos / 1.1: Films directed by Prelorán
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-2007-10-ref116

Modify Your Search







or


Narrow By