Human Studies Film Archives

Cheyenne Indian Sun Dance film

Collection ID:
circa 1937
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
1 Film reel
silent, color, 250 feet
1 Video recording
11 minutes
silent, color

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Footage of a northern Cheyenne Sundance probably filmed between the mid- to late 1930s in LameDeer, Montana. Documentation includes encampment and tarp-covered sundance lodge, both exterior and interior shots; male participants taking coals from the lodge fire; dancers with eagle bone whistles; shots of Indian and white spectators; scenes of fancy dance with male dancers in eagle feathered bustles and headdresses; and miscellaneous shots of Indians harvesting root crops and children at play.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.

Processing Information
Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Titles are supplied by the archivist for untitled films.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
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.
Conditions Governing Use
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Preferred Citation
Cheyenne Indian Sundance film, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

More Information
Local Numbers
Local Numbers
HSFA 1987.12.1

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
North America Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Montana Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Cheyenne) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sun Dance Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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