Guide to the Mary Martin films of Turanian Herder-Farmers, 1974-1978

Summary
Collection ID:
HSFA.1988.14
Creators:
Martin, Mary
Spooner, Brian
Dates:
1974-1978
Languages:
No linguistic content; Not applicable
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Physical Description:
Film reels
6 hours
color silent; 13,140 feet
16mm
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Full film record of life among Turanian pastoralists in northeastern Iran. Documentation focuses on scenes revealing the gendered division of labor: herding and milking of goats by men, processing milk into kashk (tart) by women, and men engaged in the collection of firewood. Other domestic and agricultural activities shown are plowing and irrigation of fields, harvesting and drying of barley, animal slaughter, spinning goat hair, making grape molasses, and drying tobacco. Footage also includes ceremonial activities associated with Persian new year and pilgrimages to Islamic shrines.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Filmmaker and anthropologist Mary Martin Conducted fieldwork in northeastern Iran in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania Turan Program from 1974 through 1978. She is currently Coordinator of the Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania.

Administration
Custodial History
Previously titled "Turanian Herder-Farmers 1974-1978."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Mary Martin in 1988.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
HSFA 1988.14.1

Bibliography
Bibliography
Martin, Mary. "Pastoralism: Milk and Firewood in the Ecology of Turan." Expedition 22:4 (Summer 1980).
Martin, Mary. "Making a Living in Turan: Animals, Land, and Wages." Expedition 22:4 (Summer 1980).

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
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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
Mary Martin films of Turanian Herder-Farmers, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Repository Contact
Human Studies Film Archives
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Suitland 20746
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