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Mayan Indians

 Collection
Identifier: Film Collection no. 44

Scope and Contents

In this broadcast, Gordon Frederick Ekholm, museum archaeologist, and noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright discuss Mayan archaeology and culture while in the museum's Hall of Mexico and Central America. A film depicting ruins and the descendants of the Mayans provides moving portraits of the modern culture, emphasizing the facial similarities between the modern Indians and their ancestors. The film was produced by the United Fruit Company and Willard Pictures, Inc. Models of Mayan architectural forms and styles are examined and discussed. When host Charles Collingwood notes how similar one of Wright's designs (Hollyhock House) is to Mayan architecture, Wright adamantly disagrees and places Collingwood in an unusually humorous situation.

Dates

  • 1953

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Extent

1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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

Other Finding Aids

Finding aids: script.

General

Original format: 16mm kinescope.

General

Originally aired Oct. 18, 1953 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.

General

http://libcat1.amnh.org/record=b1138146

General

Charles Collingwood, host; Perry Wolff, director and producer; Leon Rice, editorial supervisor; Jac Venza, production design; Rosemarie Herman, supervisor of film; Ernest Leiser, writer.

Title
Mayan Indians, 1953
Author
Iris Lee
Date
2018
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Research Library Special Collections Repository

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