- Collection ID:
Freeman, Mark, (Producer)
- Physical Description:
37 Videocassettes (S-VHS)
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Video project by Mark Freeman documents the Otavalo Indians of the Andean highlands (province of Imbabura) of northern Ecuador and their economic success in adapting their traditional weaving and crafts for the international marketplace. The video project also records the tensions between traditional indigenous values and customs and modernization pressures that prosperity brings including tourism. Also examined are the ethnic tensions between the Otavalos and their less affluent white and mestizo neighbors. The edited video, "Weaving the Future" was edited from this project.
Supplementary materials: shot logs; editing log; sound recordings
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.
Previously titled "Weaving the Future Video Project 1995."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Mark Freeman in 1988.
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.
Mark Freeman videos of Weaving the Future, 1995, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Edited film Weaving the Future is archived at UCLA Film and Television Archive.
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