Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to In Search of the Early Americans

Summary

Collection ID:
HSFA.1976.01
Creators:
Pendry, Alan
Shell Oil Company
Dates:
circa 1975
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
Film reels
42 minutes
color sound, 1,512 feet
16mm
Repository:

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
Edited film produced by the Shell Oil Company in consultation with the Smithsonian Department of Anthropology. Film presents the theory that a prehistoric land bridge existed between Seward Peninsula and Siberia allowing the migration of man to North America. Animated scenes depict the formation of glaciers and the subsequent fall in sea level creating the landbridge. Sites depicted and discussed include Mesa Verde in Colorado, Chaco Canyon and Pueblo Bonito in New Mexico, Cahokia Mound in Illinois, and the Mississippian Mounds of southeast United States. Discussion of lifeways in the Anasazi pueblos includes tool and pottery making demonstrations. Other subjects discussed are the history of cultivation, particularly corn, and dating sites using tree rings.
Legacy keywords: Tools and implements American Indian ; Pottery American Indian ; Museum exhibits ; Dendrochronology ; Geomorphology ; Corn ; Paleography ; Pueblo Indians
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.

Administration

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from the Shell Oil Company in 1976.

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
In Search of the Early Americans, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

More Information

Local Numbers

Local Numbers
AAK4632FA; HSFA 1976.1.1


Keywords

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Mesa Verde (Calif.) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pueblo Bonito Site (N.M.) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chaco Canyon (N.M.) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
North America Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound films Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Paleogeography Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi): Chaco (archaeological) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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