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The Chavantes of Mato Grosso ; Field work, snakes ; Meshie

Identifier: Film Collection no. 38

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: The Chavantes of Mato Grosso. Edward Moffat Weyer, editor of Natural History magazine and the first non-Indian to visit the Chavante (i.e. Shavante) Indians, presents rare photographic images and observations of the Chavantes who live in the Xingu River region of Brazil. Weyer also discusses his visit to the Kamaiura Indians of Mato Grosso. SEGMENT 2: Field Work: Snakes. Robert Northshield, host, observes Charles M. Bogert, chairman of the Department of Amphibians and Reptiles at the AMNH, in the field collecting snakes. SEGMENT 3: Meshie. Harry L. Shapiro and Jane Raven Orttung, museum anthropologists, describe stages in the development of Meshie, the chimpanzee who grew up on Long Island, N.Y., as a member of the family of Henry Cushier Raven. Raven was Orttung's father and an AMNH curator of comparative and human anatomy. His film of Meshie, entitled Meshie, Child of a Chimpanzee is shown on this broadcast.


  • 1953


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1 Film Reel (60 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (60 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid: script.


Original format: 16mm kinescope.


Originally aired Aug. 23, 1953 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.


Charles Collingwood and Robert Northshield, hosts; Allen Reisner, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Charles Romine and Ernest Leiser, writers; Leon Rice, editorial supervisor; Bernard Birnbaum, supervisor of film; Jac Venza, production design.

The Chavantes of Mato Grosso ; Field work, snakes ; Meshie, 1953
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

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