Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to the John Collier Jr. film of Hacienda Vicos

Collection ID:
Collier, John, Jr., 1913-1992
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
2 Videocassettes (U-matic)
1 hour 41 minutes
black-and-white color silent

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Footage shot in Peru of life in Hacienda Vicos. Scenes depict agricultural activities (breaking ground with oxen and wooden plows and hoeing and digging potatoes), panoptic views of high valley, making mud bricks for house construction, school grounds and classroom scenes, mestizo women spinning wool while men work the fields, man setting up and operating a loom, domestic activities with women and children, a woman curer ministering to sick patient and divining from the entrails of a guinea pig, ceremonial activities around the plaza of local church, and crowds and religious festival activity--a procession with image of the Virgin Mary. Footage was shot in association with a Cornell University project directed by Allan Holmberg to study the transformation of a colonial hacienda into a free community.
Supplementary materials: 3
Agriculture ox and plow Peru ; Cultivation potatoes Peru ; Funerals processions coffins Peru ; Tools hoes Peru ; Harvests potatoes Peru ; Planting potatoes Peru ; Bricks construction of Peru ; Houses construction of Peru ; Schools activities in Peru ; Meals school children Peru ; Food preparation schools Peru ; Wool spinning Peru ; Division of labor sexual Peru ; Breastfeeding Quechua Peru ; Looms operation of Quechua Peru ; Curing curandera Quechua Peru ; Curers curandera Peru ; Divination guinea pig entrals curandera Peru ; Musical instruments drums flutes violins Peru ; Churches ceremonies processions Peru ; Costumes ceremonies "Indians" Peru ; Statues Virgin Mary ceremony Peru ; Dance ceremony Peru ; Language and culture
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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 "Hacienda Vicos 1954-1955."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from John Collier, Jr. in 1988.
Processing Information
Titles are supplied by the archivist for untitled films.

Using the Collection
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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
John Collier Jr. film of Hacienda Vicos, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution John Collier Jr. film of Hacienda Vicos

More Information
Local Number
Local Number
HSFA 1988.12.1

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
South America Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Peru Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Quechua Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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