Guide to the George Eaton Simpson film of Plaisance, Haiti, 1937
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Simpson, George Eaton, 1904-1998
Physical Description:
1 Film reel
18 minutes
black-and-white silent; 451 feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Footage shot in Plaisance, northern Haiti in conjunction with fieldwork. Shots include: a communal work group or combite organized to weed a field and construct a peasant house; a funeral procession; a social gathering (with musical ensemble, drumming, and dancing) at a peasant house; a wedding procession; various demonstrations of dance styles by men; and a demonstration of baton twirling typical of the major donc in rara festivities. Collection contains associated texts.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.

Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from George Eaton Simpson in 1992.
Processing Information
Titles are supplied by the archivist for untitled films.

Local Number
Local Number
HSFA 1992.12.1

Digital Content

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
George Eaton Simpson film of Plaisance, Haiti, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Caribbean Area Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Haiti Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
silent films Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Human Studies Film Archives
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