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Amazon head-hunters ; Theory of flight

 Collection
Identifier: Film Collection no. 68

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Amazon Head-Hunters. Harry Tschopik, ethnologist at the AMNH, discusses the custom of head-hunting as a means of vengeance practiced by the Jivaro Indians in the Montana region of Peru and Ecuador (near the headwaters of the Amazon River). Tschopik attributes the rapid decimation of the Jivaro to that custom. In the studio, Tschopik observes shrunken heads and narrates a film depicting a Jivaro raid of reprisal against their enemy. A man is killed and his head is taken, shrunk and mounted in this dramatic film by Lewis Cotlow. The program discusses governmental attempts to establish punitive actions for this custom, as well as the threat of Jivaro extinction. SEGMENT 2: Theory of Flight. In a remote broadcast from the Naval Air Base at Floyd Bennett Field, associate producer Robert Northshield shows the ways in which man has exceeded birds in flight, both in speed and motionless suspension. Robert Cushman Murphy, AMNH ornithologist, is interviewed. The broadcast traces the history of man's attempts to fly, from his unsuccesful imitation of birds to his most recent achievements in supersonic aircraft. The film was provided by the U. S. Air Force.

Dates

  • 1954

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Extent

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.

General

Original format: 16mm kinescope.

General

Originally aired Apr. 25, 1954 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.

General

http://libcat1.amnh.org/record=b1138328

General

Charles Collingwood and Robert Northshield, hosts; Lamar Caselli and Mel Ferber, directors; Perry Wolff, producer; Robert Northshield and Jac Venza, assistant producers; Shelby Gordon and Peter Tompkins (Theory of flight), writers; Leon Rice, editorial supervisor; Grover Cole, production design.

Title
Amazon head-hunters ; Theory of flight, 1954
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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