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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 274 Collections and/or Records:

The American look

Identifier: Film Collection no. 48
Scope and Contents This program examines the historical development and nature of the American physical type with the help of Harry L. Shapiro, AMNH anthropologist. The look of a typical American is revealed to be a hybrid of several different cultures. The discussion is illustrated with two figures, Norma and Norman, created by Abram Belskie, a sculptor, and based on statistical information compiled by Robert Latou Dickenson, a well-known New York gynecologist. The Peter Birch dancers perform a shadow play...
Dates: 1953

The Aymara Indians, heirs of the Incas

Identifier: Film Collection no. 60
Scope and Contents This broadcast is concerned with the story of the Aymara Indians of Peru and Bolivia. The extinction of the Incas, it is believed, came about as a result of a tyrannical class-conscious society. Appearing on this program are Harry Tschopik, museum ethnologist and Junius Bouton Bird, AMNH archaeologist. Discussions focus on the present Aymara Indians, the descendants of the Incas. Scenes of contemporary Aymara Indians farming, celebrating rituals and going through the motions of daily life...
Dates: 1954

The Bakuba of the Belgian Congo

Identifier: Film Collection no. 66
Scope and Contents The first segment of this program, a commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, narrated by the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Bernard De Voto, is missing from this tape. The rest of the broadcast is a documentary on a Bakuba (i.e. Kuba) tribal wedding ceremony in the Belgian Congo (now Zaire). Harry L. Shapiro, AMNH anthropologist, discusses the ceremonial aspects of African tribal marriage and narrates the documentary, produced by Andř Couvin, which includes excerpts from Couvin's...
Dates: 1954

The Baltistan-Ladakh hunt

Identifier: Film Collection no. 216
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Morden Expedition to Africa and Asia, 1922-1924. This film chronicles the expedition made by William James Morden and Herford Tynes Cowling to hunt ibex and visit monasteries in northern Pakistan and India. Beginning in Baltistan (northern Pakistan) the expedition team weaves through the rocky terrain filming Baltis as they perform domestic tasks, such as weaving and making sandals. The expedition tracks across snowy Korakorum peaks and valleys and crosses the Indus River...
Dates: 1922-1924

The Bapende of the Belgian Congo

Identifier: Film Collection no. 62
Scope and Contents Harry L. Shapiro, anthropologist, is introduced as the expert on the topic and addresses the subject of acculturation in relation to the traditional culture and to the benefits of modern medicine. Shapiro narrates the footage on the Bapende (i.e. Pende) people in the Belgian Congo (now Zaire) excerpted from the filmmaker Andř Couvin's film Bongolo. Native costumes and dances used during a boy's initiation ceremony, black magic demonstrations, and other unique aspects of the culture are...
Dates: 1954

The Bayeux tapestry

Identifier: Film Collection no. 142
Scope and Contents The Bayeaux Tapestry is the subject of this broadcast which traces the history of Hastings back to the Norman victory over the Anglo-Saxons in 1066 A.D. in what is believed to be the formation of the English-speaking people. The history of the battles between the Normans and the Anglo-Saxons is chroni cled in the Bayeaux Tapestry. The 210-foot long embroidered tapestry records the story of the battle which occurred on October 14, 1066. Music of the period dramatically accompanies the action...
Dates: 1956

The body ; Oil well #3

Identifier: Film Collection no. 117
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: The Body. The first segment of this broadcast illustrates how the body works by means of a large machine full of tracks and a small train moving over the human body to portray various systems. For example, doors open and close in the digestive and circulatory systems and realistic sounds are heard. Henry Morgan, an actor, assists Evelyn Shaw, research associate of the AMNH, in her scientific explanation of the body's functions. Film sequences are provided by the Ortho Pharmacy...
Dates: 1955

The Captain Marshall Field Brazilian expedition

Identifier: Film Collection no. 23
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Captain Marshall Field Brazilian Expedition to Brazil, 1926. This film record of the Field Museum of Natural History's 1926 Brazilian expedition, financed and led by Captain Marshall Field, presents expedition life as stylish and romantic. To enhance the mood, colored film stock was used intermittently, especially blue-green for waterways. The perseverance of the scientists in the face of difficulties encountered while collecting in the field is minimized; instead, the...
Dates: 1926

The Central Asiatic Expeditions : Mongols

Identifier: Film Collection no. 149
Scope and Contents China and Mongolia, 1921-1930. The first sequence concentrates on daily life in a Mongol camp near Tsagan Nor (or White Lake). The camp is a complex of Mongolian tents (yurts) with men, sheep, and dogs milling about; yaks pull heavy logs; and a camel is being trained. The film moves to Urga (now Ulan Bator) where Khalka women with elaborate headresses are seen; a Mongol affected with gigantism enters the city and is photographed with Roy Chapman Andrews. The film then shifts back to the...
Dates: 1922-1925

The Chavantes of Mato Grosso ; Field work, snakes ; Meshie

Identifier: Film Collection no. 38
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: The Chavantes of Mato Grosso. Edward Moffat Weyer, editor of Natural History magazine and the first non-Indian to visit the Chavante (i.e. Shavante) Indians, presents rare photographic images and observations of the Chavantes who live in the Xingu River region of Brazil. Weyer also discusses his visit to the Kamaiura Indians of Mato Grosso. SEGMENT 2: Field Work: Snakes. Robert Northshield, host, observes Charles M. Bogert, chairman of the Department of Amphibians and Reptiles at...
Dates: 1953