Subject Source: Local sourcesScope Note: Distinguishes audiovisual material in the Library that are part of the 1987 Cataloged Film Collection created under the direction of Nina Root.
Found in 292 Collections and/or Records:
Gorillas ; From the neck up
Identifier: Film Collection no. 35
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Gorillas. This segment opens with footage from the 1949 movie Mighty Joe Young (RKO Pictures), which is presented as an example of the traditional portrayal of gorillas as ferocious. At the CBS studio, James Howard McGregor, research associate at the AMNH and a noted expert on gorillas, discusses historical and characteristic aspects of gorillas. At the Baltimore Zoo by remote broadcast, Arthur Watson and host Robert Northshield play with Robert, a rambunctious...
Greenland musk oxen
Identifier: Film Collection no. 190
Scope and Contents This short film is all that remains of an expedition film called North Iceland and Northeast Greenland made by John K. Howard, an AMNH patron. In it is pictured the Isfjord, the Frand Joseph fjord, the Nordenskjold glacier, icebergs, waterfalls at Geology fjord, and of particular interest, the musk oxen at Eleonore Bay and Ymer Island. The expedition's dog torments the animals, so they charge the intruder. In a lovely sequence, a worried cow protects her two young calves by fending off the...
Guatemala, land of the Maya
Identifier: Film Collection no. 180
Scope and Contents The informative narrative and lengthy, detailed scenes make this travel film useful for research. The film surveys many aspects of Guatemala. The film opens with views of a complex of Mayan ruins near Tikal, its temples, plazas, causeways, ball courts, palaces, bas-reliefs of great masks, stelae and altars, and the surrounding jungle with its ceiba, guanacaste, and mahogany trees. At the Dyers' jungle camp near a waterway, the party fishes for dinner. Howler monkeys, parrots, and a column of...
Headhunters of South America
Identifier: Film Collection no. 125
Scope and Contents Edward Moffat Weyer, editor of Natural History magazine and an anthropologist, and Harry Tschopik, AMNH ethnologist, are guest anthropologists on this broadcast about two groups of Indians. The Chavante (i.e. Shavante) and Jivaro Indians, who live in the Amazon region of South America, have been the subject of some scrutiny following the recent massacre of five American missionaries by the Auca Indians in Ecuador. Excerpts from Tschopik's film Men of the Montana, Weyer's film on the Chavante...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 191
Scope and Contents This film begins in Ottawa at the headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. While there, a Mountie officer convinces Lewis Cotlow, producer and director of this film, to make a motion picture about the Eskimos of the high Arctic. The film shows Cotlow and his film crew setting out on board an official Mountie airplane named the Otter. The next sequence is a series of aerial views depicting the topography of the far north. Included is a beautiful shot of a pod of white beluga whales...
Found in: Research Library Special Collections / High Arctic
Identifier: Film Collection no. 105
Scope and Contents The second segment in a three-part series on religion discusses Hinduism. The three stages of life of the average Hindu are examined: confirmation and preparation; discharge obligations; and in old age renouncing life and attempting to reach Brahman and rebirth. Shanta Rao, India's foremost classical dancer, performs ritual dances that are part of the religious Hindu observance. Filmed material includes Indians praying, making pottery, sewing, harvesting, and celebrating. G. L. Mehta, Indian...
Found in: Research Library Special Collections / Hinduism
History of life #4
Identifier: Film Collection no. 64
Scope and Contents The Rise of the Mammal is the fourth program in a special series on the Adventure series. George Gaylord Simpson, AMNH paleontologist and author of The Meaning of Evolution, and Edwin Harris Colbert, curator of fossil amphibians and reptiles at the museum, discuss the emergence of the mammal as a dominant form of life on earth. The program reviews the diversification found in the mammal class, as well as locomotive and adaptation characteristics. The evolution of the horse is examined...
History of life on earth #1
Identifier: Film Collection no. 45
Scope and Contents This is the first of a series of four broadcasts on the history of life on earth. George Gaylord Simpson, AMNH paleontologist, and Norman Dennis Newell of the Department of Fossil Invertebrates discuss the history of life and man's place in it. The program begins with electron microscope views of single-celled organisms and includes a discussion of fossils and a film entitled Birth of a Baby, produced by the Association of Medical Colleges and George Washington University. The Simplest...
Hook : a hawk's life
Identifier: Film Collection no. 131
Scope and Contents Ernest Thomas Gilliard, an ornithologist at the AMNH, is introduced on this broadcast as a guest expert on the life cycle of the hawk. Featured in this broadcast is a film entitled Hook. A fictional biography of a hawk, the short story was written by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, author of The Ox-Bow Incident. The film traces the hawk's life cycle through the eyes of a hawk. The new type of motion picture animation used in this film created a series of optical effects by moving the camera over...
Hopi Indians of the Southwest
Identifier: Film Collection no. 192
Scope and Contents The first part of this film is a study of weaving. Every action, from the carding of wool, through spinning it on a spindle, mounting yarn into warps, and weaving a sash using an upright loom are seen, all being performed by a Hopi man. This is followed by a ceremony leading up to a foot race by the priests as part of a maize celebration. Priests are seen blessing a kiva, a ceremonial underground chamber, with bullroarers and cloth "lightning." An antelope priest digs a sipapu (a symbolic...