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Annual Reports

Collection Creator:
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation  Search this
Collection Director:
Heye, George G. (George Gustav), 1874-1957  Search this
Container:
Box 404, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1927 - 1930
Collection Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive 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).
Collection Rights:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or broadcast materials from the collection must be requested from the National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation Records, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation records
Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation records / Series 12: Publications / 12.1: Annual Reports
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv4192a6e9d-b7a4-4a88-9c08-a4e6e4f7a933
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmai-ac-001-ref15243
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Anthology of Brazilian Indian Music: Kraho, Tukuna, Karaja Indians

Recorder:
Schultz, Harald, 1909-1966  Search this
Producer:
Chiara, Vilma  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 10 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
Brazil
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-10RR-0506
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded 1962 - Bananal Island, Araguaia River, in Central Brazil
General:
Schultz: Anthology of Brazilian Indian Music: Kraho, Tukuna, Karaja Indians (Reel 4)

selections are available in the Smithsonian Digital Asset Management System; CDR copy
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.
Topic:
Indians of South America  Search this
Kraho Indians  Search this
Caraja Indians  Search this
Tucano Indians  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-10RR-0506
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / RR
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5f1e5a61a-db23-4ad3-bc1e-232a7c29008d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref19005

Cigar holder

Culture/People:
Tukano (Tucano)  Search this
Previous owner:
Museum Shop, Museum of the American Indian (MAI museum shop/Book Counter), 1956-1989  Search this
Object Name:
Cigar holder
Media/Materials:
Wood
Techniques:
Carved, painted
Object Type:
Pipes and Smoking
Place:
Brazil
Date created:
1970
Catalog Number:
24/7758
Barcode:
247758.000
See related items:
Tukano (Tucano)
Pipes and Smoking
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6199b18a7-5c1d-46d0-b7eb-e8565cc336c9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_263556
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Fire Fan

Donor Name:
Bureau Of American Ethnology  Search this
Culture:
Tucano  Search this
Object Type:
Fan
Place:
Brazil, South America
Accession Date:
5 May 1947
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
176066
USNM Number:
E385559-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/38e4a024c-6fa3-45a2-bdf0-29be676f93eb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8419587
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Ceremonial Dance Costume

Donor Name:
Lt. Col. (Brazil) Bina Machado  Search this
Culture:
Tucano  Search this
Object Type:
Costume
Place:
Brazil, South America
Accession Date:
14 May 1941
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
159912
USNM Number:
E381483-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3cb944e0f-16d3-43ee-b6a2-56da1b161dd8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8417121
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Ceremonial Dance Costume

Donor Name:
Lt. Col. (Brazil) Bina Machado  Search this
Culture:
Tucano  Search this
Object Type:
Costume
Place:
Brazil, South America
Accession Date:
14 May 1941
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
159912
USNM Number:
E381484-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/319dba4ca-83ab-459b-8ea6-bba946af491f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8417122
Online Media:

Ceremonial Dance Costume

Donor Name:
Lt. Col. (Brazil) Bina Machado  Search this
Culture:
Tucano  Search this
Object Type:
Costume
Place:
Brazil, South America
Accession Date:
14 May 1941
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
159912
USNM Number:
E381485-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3f1916748-2f54-412a-93a0-7f5993be5590
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8417123
Online Media:

Twilled Basket

Donor Name:
Lt. Col. (Brazil) Bina Machado  Search this
Culture:
Tucano  Search this
Object Type:
Basket
Place:
Brazil, South America
Accession Date:
14 May 1941
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
159912
USNM Number:
E381486-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/35f89d7e8-809f-4d3d-93ff-476a89a9633c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8417124
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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
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3b71ea2d0-777d-41ff-99d6-8af988de9b5a
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-1995-41

Bowl

Culture/People:
Tukano (Tucano)  Search this
Collector:
Gertrude Litto (Trudy Litto/Mrs. Frank A. Litto), Non-Indian, 1929-2017  Search this
Frank A. Litto, Non-Indian, 1919-2017  Search this
Previous owner:
Gertrude Litto (Trudy Litto/Mrs. Frank A. Litto), Non-Indian, 1929-2017  Search this
Frank A. Litto, Non-Indian, 1919-2017  Search this
Donor:
Gertrude Litto (Trudy Litto/Mrs. Frank A. Litto), Non-Indian, 1929-2017  Search this
Frank A. Litto, Non-Indian, 1919-2017  Search this
Object Name:
Bowl
Media/Materials:
Pottery
Techniques:
Modeled
Dimensions:
29 x 32 x 22.5 cm
Object Type:
Containers and Vessels
Place:
Vaupés Department; Colombia
Date created:
1971-1972
Catalog Number:
26/3378
Barcode:
263378.000
See related items:
Tukano (Tucano)
Containers and Vessels
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws67d960f7c-a7b4-4e4c-a782-36399c27d4ef
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_279529
Online Media:

Ornament

Culture/People:
probably Tukano (Tucano) (attributed)  Search this
Object Name:
Ornament
Media/Materials:
Feather/feathers, cordage
Techniques:
Wrapped
Object Type:
Adornment/Jewelry
Place:
Amazonas State, North Region; Brazil (inferred)
Catalog Number:
24/9875
Barcode:
249875.000
See related items:
Tukano (Tucano)
Adornment/Jewelry
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6128f26d8-228d-4413-afbc-4fa04b894436
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_265728
Online Media:

Rain cape

Culture/People:
Tukano (Tucano)  Search this
Previous owner:
Alan C. Lapiner (Alan Charles Lapiner), Non-Indian, 1933-1975  Search this
Donor:
Alan C. Lapiner (Alan Charles Lapiner), Non-Indian, 1933-1975  Search this
Object Name:
Rain cape
Media/Materials:
Vegetal Fiber, cordage
Techniques:
Knotted
Dimensions:
100 x 173 cm
Object Type:
Clothing/Garments: Outerwear (flat)
Place:
Rio Uaupés (Caiari, Vaupés); São Gabriel da Cachoeira Municipality; North Mesoregion, Rio Negro Micoregion; Amazonas State, North Region; Brazil
Catalog Number:
23/7048
Barcode:
237048.000
See related items:
Tukano (Tucano)
Clothing/Garments: Outerwear (flat)
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6b15ecd86-6066-490c-92e5-08330d82c5f9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_252383
Online Media:

Mask outfit

Culture/People:
Tukano (Tucano)  Search this
Collector:
Father Stephen, Non-Indian  Search this
Object Name:
Mask outfit
Media/Materials:
Bark cloth, wood, vegetal fiber
Techniques:
Painted
Dimensions:
150.00 x 68.00 cm
Object Type:
Ceremonial/Ritual items
Place:
Manaus Mission; Manaus, Manaus Municipality; Central Mesoregion, Manaus Microregion; Amazonas State, North Region; Brazil
Date created:
circa 1925
Catalog Number:
22/5251
Barcode:
225251.000
See related items:
Tukano (Tucano)
Ceremonial/Ritual items
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6b254537a-18f9-4685-9d61-32c38f5a02f1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_240117
Online Media:

Neck ornament

Culture/People:
Tukano (Tucano)  Search this
Object Name:
Neck ornament
Media/Materials:
Feather/feathers, cordage
Techniques:
Wrapped, tied
Object Type:
Adornment/Jewelry
Place:
Brazil
Catalog Number:
21/8660
Barcode:
218660.000
See related items:
Tukano (Tucano)
Adornment/Jewelry
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws627ed25aa-957e-4377-98e1-4da1bc9ba684
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_233293
Online Media:

Necklace

Culture/People:
Tukano (Tucano)  Search this
Object Name:
Necklace
Media/Materials:
Animal tooth/teeth, cordage
Techniques:
Strung
Object Type:
Adornment/Jewelry
Place:
Brazil
Catalog Number:
21/8659
Barcode:
218659.000
See related items:
Tukano (Tucano)
Adornment/Jewelry
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6955815b1-b366-4be2-9902-a08ec7825782
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_232938
Online Media:

Bow

Culture/People:
Tukano (Tucano)  Search this
Presenter/funding source:
Viking Fund, Incorporated (The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc.), 1941-  Search this
Object Name:
Bow
Media/Materials:
Wood, cordage
Techniques:
Carved
Object Type:
Hunting/Fishing/Warfare
Place:
Brazil
Catalog Number:
21/1889
Barcode:
211889.000
See related items:
Tukano (Tucano)
Hunting/Fishing/Warfare
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6a136bfa2-ced4-4f8e-970a-1f858ce5eb67
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_226345
Online Media:

Bow

Culture/People:
Tukano (Tucano)  Search this
Presenter/funding source:
Viking Fund, Incorporated (The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc.), 1941-  Search this
Object Name:
Bow
Media/Materials:
Wood, cordage
Techniques:
Carved
Object Type:
Hunting/Fishing/Warfare
Place:
Brazil
Catalog Number:
21/1890
Barcode:
211890.000
See related items:
Tukano (Tucano)
Hunting/Fishing/Warfare
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws63a608cdb-6123-4b7d-9f5d-cf6e68f19153
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_226346
Online Media:

Arrow

Culture/People:
Tukano (Tucano)  Search this
Presenter/funding source:
Viking Fund, Incorporated (The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc.), 1941-  Search this
Object Name:
Arrow
Media/Materials:
Reed, palm wood
Techniques:
Carved
Object Type:
Hunting/Fishing/Warfare
Place:
Brazil
Catalog Number:
21/1891
Barcode:
211891.000
See related items:
Tukano (Tucano)
Hunting/Fishing/Warfare
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6127ce052-bc28-46e6-9945-b394278dd7e0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_226347
Online Media:

Seat

Culture/People:
Tukano (Tucano)  Search this
Previous owner:
Coleman Galleries  Search this
Seller:
Coleman Galleries  Search this
Object Name:
Seat
Media/Materials:
Wood
Techniques:
Painted
Object Type:
Furnishings (Home)
Place:
Brazil
Catalog Number:
20/5256
Barcode:
205256.000
See related items:
Tukano (Tucano)
Furnishings (Home)
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws632d328bb-8386-47f9-816c-fef97de02b89
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_218847
Online Media:

Spindle, spindle whorl, and fiber/yarn

Culture/People:
Tukano (Tucano)  Search this
Object Name:
Spindle, spindle whorl, and fiber/yarn
Media/Materials:
Wood, nut/nuts, cotton yarn
Techniques:
Carved
Object Type:
Weaving tools/equipment
Place:
Colombia
Catalog Number:
20/830
Barcode:
200830.000
See related items:
Tukano (Tucano)
Weaving tools/equipment
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6b096306b-a7b6-464f-9547-2d7844dc1d93
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_214668
Online Media:

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