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Ramparts of the north

Identifier: Film Collection no. 242

Scope and Contents

Filmed during the Finley-Church Expedition to the Northland, 1926. This film was taken in the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Scenes of the expedition's pack mule train are shown initially. A deer is filmed as it wanders into camp. As a hoary marmot suns herself on a rock, she is visited by her young; she picks it up and carries it back to the nest. In the next sequence caribou are tracked; this is followed by a typical Nature Magazine antic: one of the caribou is revealed to be a man holding antlers. Irene Finley, on horseback, gets stuck in mire, and has to be pulled out by the men. Footage of caribou adults and young is featured. The filming of moose is the focus of the next sequence. Adult and young moose are shown swimming and browsing. The moose sequence is interrupted with footage of a black bear cub, who has been featured in other Nature Magazine films. One of the staff is shown taking the bear white-water rafting. More footage of mooses, filmed from behind a blind, includes stop-action photography of a large bull.


  • 1926

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Not available through interlibrary loan. Contact AMNH Library Special Collections for terms of access.


1 Film Reel (14 minutes) : silent, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (14 minutes)) : silent, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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


Original format: 16 mm. print.



William Finley, photographer; Arthur Pack (for the American Nature Association), producer.

Ramparts of the north, 1926
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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