Guide to the William E. Carter film of an Aymara village, Bolivia, circa 1960-1961

Collection ID:
Carter, William E., 1927-1983
circa 1960-1961
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
Film reels
49 minutes
color silent; 1400 feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Footage documenting various aspects of daily life and ceremonial activities in an Aymara altiplano village, Igavi Province, Bolivia. Documentation includes: an Aymara wedding with church service and festivities; festival activities during Carnival which includes various costumed and masked-dance traditions (e.g., Morenda dancers) performed in the village plaza; a funeral service and burial; and various economic and subsistence activities including brickmaking, plowing, and harvesting of grain. Footage forms part of the William Earl Carter Papers in the National Anthropological Archives.
Legacy Keywords: Dance morenda Carnival Bolivia ; Weddings Aymara Bolivia ; Carnival Bolivia ; Funerals mortuary practices Aymara Bolivia
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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 "Willian E. Carter Footage of Aymara Village, Bolivia."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred from the National Anthropological Archives in 1986.
Processing Information
Titles are supplied by the archivist for untitled films.

Local Number
Local Number
HSFA 1986.11.7

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
William E. Carter film of an Aymara village, Bolivia, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Related Materials
The National Anthropological Archives holds the William Earl Carter papers.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
South America Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bolivia Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aymara [Chulumani (Chulemani)] Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
silent films Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Human Studies Film Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746