Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to the Arno Atoll films, circa 1950

Collection ID:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
United States. Navy
circa 1950
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
Film reels
color silent; 3600 feet
Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Footage shot of Arno Atoll, Marshall Islands, as part of the Coral Atoll Project sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the United States Navy. Scenes include aerial shots of the atoll; harvesting and processing fronds of coconut and pandanus trees for weaving mats, baskets, and clothing and for roofing; women's dances; preparing and roasting breadfruit; butchering and roasting pig; making sennit; fishing activities; and dancing.
Wade, Gerald: cameraman ; Davenport, William: researcher ; Emery, Kenneth: photographer ; Milne, James: translator. University of Hawaii.
The collection also includes scripts and shot notes used by Dr. Mason to prepare an edited film.
Outrigger canoe ; Grass skirts ; Sennit making ; Cookery ; Breadfruit preservation bwirn ma beljij ; Coconut copra sennit ; Pandanus tree thatch fruit mat clothing ; Dance stick secret ; Aerial view Arno Atoll ; Pig food preparation ; Ship AKL U.S. Naval vessel ; Tools shell ; Weaving basket ; Festival games gunny sack race tug of war ; Fire drills ; Jekkaro coconut tree sap
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.

Custodial History
Previously titled "Arno Atoll ca. 1950."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Leonard Mason in 1983.
Processing Information
Titles are supplied by the archivist for untitled films.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Preferred Citation
Arno Atoll films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

More Information
Local Number
Local Number
HSFA 1983.3.1

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Oceania Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arno Atoll (Marshall Islands) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Marshallese Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
silent films Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Human Studies Film Archives
Museum Support Center
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