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Felix V. DiGiovanni collection from Colombia

Creator:
DiGiovanni, Felix V.  Search this
Beer, Paul  Search this
Extent:
2 Film reels (16mm)
100 Photographic prints (13.5 x 10.5)
0.1 Linear feet
7 Videocassettes (VHS)
3 Videocassettes (U-matic)
Culture:
Guahibo  Search this
Piapoco (Piapoko)  Search this
Baniwa  Search this
Tukano (Tucano)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Photographic prints
Videocassettes (vhs)
Videocassettes (u-matic)
Documentary films
Place:
Orinoco River Region (Venezuela and Colombia)
Date:
1935-1941
Summary:
This collection includes the original documentary film "Guahiboland: Indian Life in the Orinoco Plains of Colombia," produced and directed by Felix V. DiGiovanni in 1941. Also included are 100 photographic prints, shot by DiGiovanni and his cameraman Paul Beer, that document the daily life of Guahibo community members in the Vichada and Orinoco regions of Colombia between 1935-1941. Other indigenous communities photographed include the Piapoco (Piapoko), Baniwa, and Tukano (Tucano).
Scope and Contents:
Series 1: "Guahiboland: Indian Life in the Orinoco Plains of Colombia" film, 1941, includes the original 16mm film produced and directed by Felix V. DiGiovanni. Paul Beer served as the cameraman. The original film (approximately 1200 feet) came in two parts, a metal can with black and white film and a small, metal can with Kodachrome film. The NMAI film and video center made several viewing copies on VHS tapes. There are also three video recordings on U-Matic tapes which include the original black and white, original color, a first generation copy and a second generation copy.

Series 2: Photographs from the Colombian Plains, 1935-1941, includes 100 mounted black and white photographic prints (13 ½ x 10 ½) made by Felix DiGiovanni and Paul Beer. The majority of the photographs were shot during the making of DiGiovanni's documentary film and highlight the daily life and activities of Guahibo community members in the Orinoco and Vichada regions of Colombia. A smaller amount of photographs include other indigenous communities in the region including the Piapoco (Piapoko), Baniwa, and Tukano (Tucano). The captions and descriptions of the photographs were provided by the DiGiovanni family in 1992.

Catalog numbers: P25101-P25200.

Series 3: The Call of the Curassow and the Land of the Guahibo Indians, includes a copy of the manuscript written by Felix V.D. Giovanni and published posthumously by his wife Pauline in 1994. This was formerly in the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation records in Box 422, Folder 13.
Arrangement:
Arranged into series by format, the photographs are arranged by catalog number.
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, "Guahiboland" 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.

Biographical note from: https://sova.si.edu/record/NAA.PhotoLot.1995-41
Related Materials:
The National Anthropological Archives (NAA) holds a collection of Felix DiGiovanni and Paul Beer photographs of the Guahibo and other indigenous tribes of eastern Colombia, Photo lot 1995-41. https://sova.si.edu/record/NAA.PhotoLot.1995-41
Separated Materials:
A collection of Guahibo ethnographic materials were also donated to the National Museum of the American Indian object collections with catalog numbers 25/4002-25/4047. See the Smithsonian Collections Search Center.
Provenance:
Gift of Felix V. and Pauline G. DiGiovanni, 1992.
Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archives Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Rights:
Rights retrictions apply. Contact the NMAI Archives center (nmaiphotos@si.edu) for more information.
Genre/Form:
Documentary films
Photographic prints
Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Felix V. DiGiovanni collection from Colombia, image #, NMAI.AC.300, National Museum of the American Indian Archives Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.300
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv494ace419-bffa-4e6a-8381-7f50c028401e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmai-ac-300

John Fortenberry expedition photographs from Venezuela

Creator:
Fortenberry, John  Search this
Extent:
17 Photographic prints (color)
Culture:
Yanomami (Yanoama)  Search this
Piaroa  Search this
Ye'kuana (Makiritare/Mayagone)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Place:
Orinoco River Region (Venezuela and Colombia)
Venezuela
Date:
1985
Summary:
This collection includes 17 photographic color prints made by John Fortenberry on a 1985 expedition with Canadian psychologists to the Amazonas region and Orinoco river in Venezuela. Photographs were made among the Yanomami (Yanoama) community, and possibly among the Piaroa and Ye'kuana (Makiritare/Mayagone) communities as well.
Scope and Contents:
This collection includes 17 photographic color prints made by John Fortenberry in October of 1985. The photographs include images made in several villages along the Orinoco river in the Amazonas region of Venezuela. The snapshots include portraits of Yanomami (Yanoama) community members and leaders, views of yucca processing and a banana plantation, as well as scenic views on the Orinoco river. There are also several photographs that include members of the expedition team including Leonard Langman and Pepe Hymas, the Assistant to the Medical Administrator to the Amazonas Region.

Additional descriptions of the photographs were provided by Fortenberry with the donation of the collection in 1986.
Catalog numbers include P25943-P25959.
Arrangement:
Arranged by catalog number in three folders.
Biographical / Historical:
Born in Jackson, Mississippi, John Fortenberry graduated from the University of Mississippi in Film/Television. Right out of school, he went to work at Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video, serving as an editor for eight years before becoming a producer/director.

Fortenberry joined a 1985 expedition to the Amazonas region in Venezuela accompanying Robert Monnier, Leonard Langman, Pepe Hymas and a group of eight or nine Canadian psychologists.
Provenance:
Gift of John Fortenberry, 1986.
Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archives Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archives Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not modified in any way, 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. For more information please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use and NMAI Archive Center's Digital Image request website.
Topic:
Expeditions  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Citation:
Identification of specific item; 1985; John Fortenberry expedition photographs from Venezuela, image #, NMAI.AC.342; National Museum of the American Indian Archives Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.342
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John Fortenberry expedition photographs from Venezuela
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv42f47371a-ca56-4cf3-80ed-d961267175fc
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmai-ac-342
Online Media:

Desde el Orinoco hacia el siglo XXI : el hombre, la fauna y su medio / Ma. Eugenia Romero Moreno, Claudia Romero Moreno

Author:
Romero Moreno, María Eugenia  Search this
Romero Moreno, Claudia  Search this
Physical description:
229 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Llanos (Colombia and Venezuela)
Orinoco River Region (Venezuela and Colombia)
Date:
1989
Topic:
Natural history  Search this
Nature--Effect of human beings on  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_909509

Orinoco flow : culture, narrative, and the political economy of information / Benjamin Keith Belton

Title:
Orinoco flow
Author:
Belton, Benjamin Keith 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 218 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Orinoco River Region (Venezuela and Colombia)
Date:
2003
Topic:
Narration (Rhetoric)  Search this
Space and time  Search this
Literature and history  Search this
Myth in literature  Search this
Information society  Search this
Consumption (Economics)  Search this
Culture  Search this
Historiography  Search this
History  Search this
In literature  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_919414

Watunna, an Orinoco creation cycle / Marc de Civrieux ; edited and translated by David M. Guss

Author:
Civrieux, Jean-Marc de  Search this
Guss, David M  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 195 p., [10] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 23 cm
Type:
Folklore
Place:
Orinoco River Region (Venezuela and Colombia)
Date:
1980
Topic:
Yecuana mythology  Search this
Legends  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_821730

A través de la América ecuatorial : viaje por Venezuela / Enrique Stanko Vraz

Author:
Vráz, E. Stanko (Enrique Stanko) 1860-1932  Search this
Subject:
Vráz, E. Stanko (Enrique Stanko) 1860-1932 Travel  Search this
Physical description:
354 p. : ill., folded map ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
South America
Venezuela
Orinoco River Region (Venezuela and Colombia)
Date:
1992
Topic:
Social life and customs  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1001471

Exploración oficial / Francisco Michelena y Rojas ; edición crítica, introducción e índices, Nelly Arvelo-Jiménez, Horacio Biord Castillo

Author:
Michelena y Rojas, Francisco 1801-1872  Search this
Arvelo de Jiménez, N (Nelly) 1939-  Search this
Biord Castillo, Horacio  Search this
Subject:
Michelena y Rojas, Francisco 1801-1872 Travel  Search this
Physical description:
693 p., [4] plates of leaves (some folded) : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
South America
Orinoco River Region (Venezuela and Colombia)
Amazon River Region
Date:
1989
1867
C1989
19th century
Topic:
Natural history  Search this
Indians of South America--History  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Discovery and exploration  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_934128

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