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.
- American Museum of Natural History (Organization)
Language of Materials
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.
Original format: 16mm kinescope.
Originally aired Oct. 18, 1953 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.
Charles Collingwood, host; Perry Wolff, director and producer; Leon Rice, editorial supervisor; Jac Venza, production design; Rosemarie Herman, supervisor of film; Ernest Leiser, writer.
- Mayan Indians, 1953
- Iris Lee
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Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository
American Museum of Natural History
200 Central Park West
New York NY 10024 USA