Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to the Robert Maher films of the Philippines

Collection ID:
Maher, Robert F. (Robert Francis), 1922-1987
circa 1973
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
Film reels
72 minutes
color silent; 2000 feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Full film record shot among the Ifugao, northern Luzon, while Maher was a research associate at the Philippine National Museum. Footage was produced in the course of a project which combined archeology and ethnology to reconstruct the evolution of Ifugao culture. Documentation of Ifugao agricultural and ceremonial activities includes: the rice terraces of Banaue, spading and planting of rice fields, transplanting and pounding rice, Banaue market, Himong (Ifugao ceremony) including a feast and burial, a wedding dance, and preparations for Bonc (Ifuago ritual) near Banaue. Also included is miscellaneous footage of dancers and canoes shot in and around Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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 "Robert Maher's Footage of the Philippines ca. 1973."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from the National Anthropological Archives in 1988.

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
Robert Maher films of the Philippines, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Related Materials
The National Anthropoligcal Archives holds the Robert Francis Maher papers.

More Information
Local Number
Local Number
HSFA 1988.20.1

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Southeast Asia Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Philippines Geographic 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