Film reels (3 hours 24 minutes, black-and-white silent; 4950 feet)
Vārānasi (Uttar Pradesh, India)
Scope and Contents:
Outtakes shot during travels in the Humbolt Bay and Lake Sentani areas of Dutch New Guinea (Irian Jaya), Nias and Mentawei, Sumatra (Padang Highlands), Borneo, Bali, and India. People documented include the Papuan inhabitants of Lake Sentani and Humbolt Bay, Balinese, the Batak (Sumatra), and the Dayak, Banto, and Barito (Borneo). Documentation features: male dances, tapa (barkcloth) manufacture, pottery making, chewing betel, a fish drive with men in canoes, and a funeral service which includes consultation of the Korwar oracle (Lake Sentani, Irian Jaya); a Batak shamanic performance (Sumatra); funeral preparations and men working on looms (Benares, India); sequence of the warrior ceremony and bird dancers (Nias); various dance sequences (probably Irian Jaya); and rice planting, house and architectural structures, and aftermath of an earthquake (Bali).
Collection also includes notes and published articles.
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DVD copy of documentary film based on Paul Wirz' work in Papua New Guinea, "The White Savage: A Family Saga Without Ending" by Renatus Zurcher is in the Smithsonian Institution's Anthropology Library.
Received from Dadi Wirz in 1976.
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.
Kajri : song of the rainy season -- Hori : spring song -- Virha : Ahir song -- Qawali : Muslim devotional song -- Dhun on the Shahnai -- Flute & mandar -- Chitrakute nija dhare : song -- Phag : spring song -- Khanjri : tambourine solo -- Gari : song -- Bhajana -- Sufi song.
101 Kajri / Hiralal Yadav.
105 Dhun / Shehnai,Oboe,Drum.
106 Flute and Mandar / Ethel Pahe. Mandar,Flute.
107 Chitrakute Nija Dhare / Lahura Mahto.
109 Khanjri Solo / Bhagavan Das. Drum,Khanjari (Drum).
112 Sufi Song.
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
Paris, France Audivis
Songs sung in literary Hindi, Hindi dialects, and Persianized Urdu. Notes: Vocal and instrumental music. Previously released material. Compact disc. Program notes in English and French (15 p.) inserted in container.
Restrictions on access. Listening only. No Duplication Allowed.
Photographs in albums made by Frank Frick documenting architecture, people, agriculture, and scenery in India. Photographs are annotated with descriptions and dates that apparently relate to Frickʹs visits. Some photographs were made by Raja Deen Dayal (also known as Lala Deen Dayal) and Samuel Bourne. The collection also includes one loose photograph of the Budapest Opera House, published by Stengel & Markert in Dresden and possibly photographed by the Calderoni Es Tarsa studio.
The collector has not been identified wth certainty, but was probably Frank Frick (1828-1910), a merchant from Baltimore, Maryland. Frick was a patron of the arts who, during the last years of his life, traveled in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 82-44
Information on photographers taken from Clark Worswick, a curator and historian of photography.
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Additional photographs by Raja Deen Dayal can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 97.
Addititional photographs of India by Samuel Bourne can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 97 and Photo Lot 161.
Additional photographs of India by Bourne can be found in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives in A2006.02, 1998.07, A2001.5, A1999.8, and A2002.09.
Records of Frank Frick's patronage of the arts in Baltimore can be found in the Archives of American Art in the Peabody Gallery of Art records.
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Photo lot 82-44, Frank Frick photograph collection relating to India, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution