Guide to the Film of a famadihana, 1963
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Archdeacon, Sarajane
Physical Description:
1 Film reel
23 minutes
color sound; 400 feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Footage of a Famadihana (also known as "digging up the dead" ceremony) is an exhumation ceremony to honor ancestors. This famadihana was performed by the Malgache people of Madagascar. The body of an ancestor is exhumed, re-wrapped in burial cloths and re-buried. The extended family celebrates with a feast. The film has a sound track narration recorded by filmmaker, Sarajane Archdeacon.
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Preservation of this film was supported by the National Film Preservation Foundation. Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Sarajane Archdeacon in 2001.
Custodial History
Previously titled "Digging up the Dead in Madagascar."

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
HSFA 2001.6.1

Digital Content

Using the Collection
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.
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Preferred Citation
Film of a famadihana, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Madagascar Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rites and ceremonies Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Festivals Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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