Guide to the Thomas Horton Associates Rapa Nui (Easter Island) films, 1992-1993

Collection ID:
Thomas Horton Associates
Physical Description:
36 Film reels
color sound; 35,148 feet
25 Video recordings
12 hours 30 minutes
color sound; BetacamSP

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Full film record directed by Andrew Clark Horton and filmed by Geoffrey Hoffman for a television documentary that was never produced. Footage includes an interview with Thor Heyderdahl, Birdman cult re-enactment of swim to rock, caves with human bones, quarry and the Moai heads (large head stone statues) before they were raised to current positions, petroglyphs, archeological survey and interviews with native islanders and a "rapanui rendevous" meeting of elders and anthropologists. Collection also includes a copy of the 1934-35 Franco-Belgian expedition and interviews with and home movies of Dr. William Mulloy.
Legacy keywords: Islands ; Marine animals ; Archeology Chile ; Inscriptions ; Language and culture ; Beaches
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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 Thomas Horton in 2012.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
HSFA 2012.9.1

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.
Conditions Governing Use
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Preferred Citation
Thomas Horton Associates Easter Island films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Islands of the Pacific Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Easter Island Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound films Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Video recordings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Human Studies Film Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746