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Australian aborigines

 Collection
Identifier: Film Collection no. 43

Scope and Contents

This program closely examines Australian aborigines, first through a pantomime by the American Mime Theatre acting out racial migration from Asia, then through discussion and film. Harry L. Shapiro, AMNH anthropologist, discusses the physical anthropology of aborigines and points to their culture as one of the most primitive on earth. He also shows aboriginal weapons and artifacts. The uncredited film footage of central Australian aborigines is narrated by Shapiro. The people are seen in various daily activities, such as gathering berries, tubers, ants, and grubs for food, then making a fire and cooking emus and other birds, and kangaroo. The men harvest and shred wild tobacco leaves and mix them with wood to create a type of chewing tobacco. Children play together in a water hole. A whole sequence in the film depicts communication by drawing symbols in the sand. Rituals, dances, sacred family objects and the people moving through their arid land, all contributing to create a full portrait of the Australian aboriginal people, are also seen in the film.

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 Sept. 27, 1953 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.

General

http://libcat1.amnh.org/record=b1138147

General

Charles Collingwood, host; Perry Wolff, director and producer; Leon Rice, editorial supervisor; Jac Venza, production design; Rosemarie Herman, supervisor of film; American Mime Theatre, performers.

Title
Australian aborigines, 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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