- Collection ID:
Meggers, William F. (William Frederick), 1888-1966
No linguistic content; Not applicable
- Physical Description:
1 Film reel
black-and-white silent; 77 feet
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Footage mostly concerns public dances and demonstrations by Blackfeet Indians who appeared in Maryland, Menominee on the Keshina Reservation, and Hopi at the El tovar Hotel near Grand Canyon. Subject matter appears to be a powwow, or a public exhibition of Native American skills, including scenes of a parade on horseback, oxen pulling wagons, dancing, canoing, adults and children in native dress, and interaction with tourists.
Legacy Keywords: Animals horses United States ; Animals on parade United States ; Animals oxen United States ; Celebrations powwows United States ; Exhibitions powwows United States ; Festivals powwows United States ; Adornment United States ; Costumes native dress United States ; Costumes headdresses United States ; Costumes feather United States ; Dancing United States ; Dwellings adobe United States ; Adobe housing United States ; Boats canoes United States ; Tourism tourists United States ; Hopi dance El Tovar Hotel
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Previously titled "William Meggers Footage of American Indians 1927, 1929, 1931."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred from the National Anthropological Archives in 1994.
Titles are supplied by the archivist for untitled films.
Using the Collection
Conditions Governing 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.
William Meggers films of American Indians, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Human Studies Film Archives
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