Guide to the Fred H. Werner films of South Asia and Oceania, 1970-1972

Collection ID:
Werner, Fred Henry, 1936-
Moving image materials are silent; supplementary materials are in English.
Physical Description:
Film reels
2 hours 26 minutes
color silent; 3900 feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Footage shot of the island of Sava'ii, Western Samoa; Papua New Guinea (east Sepik, Mount Hagen, and Port Moresby areas); Bali; India; Jammu and Kashmir (northern India); Nepal (Kathmandu Valley); Sri Lanka; and Philippines (northern Luzon). Features of ethnographic interest include: Samoan women displaying mats used in marriage rites; a sing-sing (probably Minj) in the Mount Hagen area; scenes in Port Moresby; Abelam art in Apangai on the east Sepik; a Ramayana performance, cockfight, festival, and cremation (near Ubud) on Bali; various temples in India; nomadic Kugar people of Jammu and Kashmir; scenes in Srinagar; scenes in Kandy (Sri Lanka); the carved standing Buddha at Aukana; and Kalinga women dancing near Baguio, northern Luzon. Collection also includes annotations (recorded narratives).
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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 "Fred H. Werner Travel Footage of South Asia and Oceania 1970-1972."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Fred H. Werner in 1993.
Processing Information
Titles are supplied by the archivist for untitled films.

Local Number
Local Number
HSFA 1993.4.1

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
Fred H. Werner films of South Asia and Oceania, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

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