Scope and Contents
Broadcast from the museum's Hall of Mexico and Central America, the program presents an in-depth examination of the influence Quetzalcoatl (Serpent God of the Aztecs) had on four major cultures. Mixtec, Toltec, Mayan, and Aztec Indians worshiped Quetzalcoatl, who was believed to be both a legendary hero and ruler, as well as a benevolent deity. He first provided the Aztecs with great material blessings including, it is believed, maize. In Central American religions, Quetzalcoatl has a messianic role and is expected to return someday. Gordon Frederick Ekholm, AMNH curator of archaeology, discusses Quetzalcoatl's impact on these four cultures. Film sequences depict the ruins of Mayan cities, wall paintings, bas reliefs, stelae, and the enactment of human sacrifice.
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Conditions Governing Access
Not available through interlibrary loan. Contact AMNH Library Special Collections for terms of access.
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 aid: script.
Original format: 16mm kinescope.
Originally aired June 5, 1955 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.
Charles Romine, host; Joseph Scibetta, director; Robert Northshield, producer; Jac Venza and Shelby Gordon, assistant producers; Frank de Felitta, script editor; Phyllis Kremer, writer; Grover Cole, production design; Ted Pearson and Ned Calmer, narrators; Carl Schutzman, technical director.
- Quetzalcoatl, 1955
- Iris Lee
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