Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to Navajo Journey, 1952

Collection ID:
Colby, John R.
Physical Description:
1 Film reel
20 minutes
color sound; 720 feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Edited film describes life on the Navajo Reservation. Scenes include women weaving, grinding corn and caring for children (baby is bound into cradle board) and men herding, hoeing corn, silversmithing, and washing and binding their hair. Also shows Navajo Rodeo (encampments, stinger and bronco riding, wild cow milking and horse racing), trading post at entrance to Monument Valley (exchanging rug for goods), Ganado Mission, workers in uranium mine and scenic views of Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly. Efforts to deal with lack of water is discussed in narration. Sound track is narration and music.
Legacy keywords: Animals sheep cows horses Arizona ; Weaving spindles Arizona ; Agriculture Navajo Arizona ; Silversmithing Navajo Arizona ; Children Navajo Arizona ; Colburn Colby
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from John R. Colby in 1996.

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Preferred Citation
Navajo Journey, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

More Information
Local Numbers
Local Numbers
HSFA 1996.2.1

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
North America Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arizona Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Diné (Navajo) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rodeos Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Traditional farming Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Silversmiths Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Human Studies Film Archives
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