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Film Collection

Subject Source: Local sources
Scope 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:


Identifier: Film Collection no. 207
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Davison-Willis Madagascar Expedition, 1953. The three tribes portrayed in this film, the Mahafaly, the Antandroy, and the Vezo, live on the southern and southwestern coast of Madagascar, between Tuleau and St. Dauphin. Following views of Vezo dwellings (houses on stilts built within a fenced area), the people are seen shelling and grinding corn, breast-feeding their children, fishing, and constructing a trano lay made from a sail and mast and used to protect them from...
Dates: 1953

Margaret Mead : a portrait by a friend

Identifier: Film Collection no. 208
Scope and Contents French filmmaker Jean Rouch interviews AMNH anthropologist Margaret Mead. Mead speaks about her personal history, her family, her influences and mentors, and her field work in Bali, New Guinea, and Manus (also known as Great Admiralty Island). Mead and Rouch walk through the AMNH Hall of Pacific Peoples, and she discusses her theories about museum exhibits. They also visit the Dept. of Anthropology specimen storage area. Towards the conclusion of her interview, Mead considers the history of...
Dates: 1978


Identifier: Film Collection no. 262
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Edgar M. Queeny-AMNH African Expedition, 1953. This film was made in Narok, approximately 100 miles west of Nairobi, Kenya. It contains extensive zoological footage, as well as a rich ethnographic portrait of the moran, the warriors of Masai society. The moran are different in appearance from other Masai in that, while Masai shave their heads, the moran braid their hair, grease it heavily and smear it with red ocher; they also wear a sheet of calico knotted over their...
Dates: 1953

Mayan Indians

Identifier: Film Collection no. 44
Scope and Contents In this broadcast, Gordon Frederick Ekholm, museum archaeologist, and noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright discuss Mayan archaeology and culture while in the museum's Hall of Mexico and Central America. A film depicting ruins and the descendants of the Mayans provides moving portraits of the modern culture, emphasizing the facial similarities between the modern Indians and their ancestors. The film was produced by the United Fruit Company and Willard Pictures, Inc. Models of Mayan...
Dates: 1953

Meandering in Africa

Identifier: Film Collection no. 209
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Akeley African Expedition to the Belgian Congo (now Zaire), 1921-1922. This film was made by Carl Akeley, museum taxidermist, inventor, naturalist, and explorer. Akeley wanted to secure gorilla specimens for the museum and undertook this expedition accompanied by several friends of his: Chicago lawyer Herbert Bradley and his wife Mary; Alice, their five-year-old daughter; Alice's nanny, Priscilla Hall; and Akeley's secretary and editor of the film, Martha Miller...
Dates: 1921-1922

Medieval moderns : the peasants of Hungary

Identifier: Film Collection no. 210
Scope and Contents The film begins with panoramic views of Hungarian farmlands and Magyar peasants hoeing their fields, then focuses on their dwellings, made of wattle-anddaub, with reeds used to make a thatched roof; one such dwelling has been whitewashed by its female owner. The next sequence depicts the process used in making linen cloth from flax. After the flax is crushed to separate the fiber from the woody parts, the fiber is spun onto a spindle, then put through a whorl, a spinning wheel, and finally a...
Dates: [1924]

Men of science

Identifier: Film Collection no. 212
Scope and Contents This film introduces the scientists, technicians, artists, and their work at the AMNH in 1938. It was made by AMNH photographer Charles H. Coles and is narrated by Charles Russell, curator of the Department of Education. Though mostly filmed at the museum, scenes from AMNH expeditions are included to show the relationship between the work-in-the-field and at the museum. The film opens with a view of the exterior of the museum and a general introduction. William H. Barton, of the AMNH-Hayden...
Dates: 1938

Men of the Montaña

Identifier: Film Collection no. 56
Scope and Contents Harry Tschopik, curator of ethnology at the AMNH, is interviewed for this program, which examines the cultural characteristics of a small Indian tribe living near the Amazon River in the Montana region of Peru and Ecuador. Tschopik recently returned from a perilous ten-month expedition (the AMNH Tschopik Expedition to Peru) in the Montana area, where he studied and recorded the cultures of the Shipibos, Conibos and Campas tribes before they encountered Western culture (recent discoveries of...
Dates: 1954

Men of the Montaña

Identifier: Film Collection no. 211
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Tschopik Expedition to Peru, 1953. This film was made during the AMNH Tschopik Expedition to Peru in 1953. Dr. Harry Tschopik, AMNH ethnologist, visited the Shipibo, Conibo, and Campa Indians living in the Montana area of Peru along the upper Amazon River. He collected ethnographic specimens and made motion pictures of the people for the museum. The film material is unedited and is discussed here by content: first the Chamas section comprised of the Shipibo and Conibo,...
Dates: 1953

Meshie, child of a chimpanzee

Identifier: Film Collection no. 213
Scope and Contents Meshie Mungkut was born in 1929 in French Cameroun (Cameroon) in West Africa and was orphaned shortly thereafter when natives killed and ate her mother. Henry Cushier Raven, AMNH curator of human and comparative anatomy, was in French Cameroun on the Columbia University-AMNH Expedition to collect gorillas and purchased her from the natives. He kept her with him in the field for another year and then brought her to his Long Island home to be raised with his children. This film records...
Dates: [1932?]