Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to Whole Town's Talking, circa 1952


Collection ID:
Guggenheim, Charles
circa 1952
Fox elders are recorded speaking in Muskwakan.
Physical Description:
Film reels
46 minutes
black-and-white sound; 1200 feet

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
Television broadcast produced by WOI-TV, Ames, Iowa. At a general meeting with representative George Youngbear presiding, members of the Fox and Kak Indians of the Tama Reservation, discuss topics of concern, including: the threat of the reservation's federally funded schools becoming state run, the reservation's lack of arable land, and the need for a recreation center for the reservation's youth. Fox elders are recorded speaking in Muskwakan. This broadcast forms part of the University of Chicago Fox Project Records and Sol Tax Fox Notes in the National Anthropological Archives.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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
Transferred from the National Anthroplogical Archives in 1986.

Using the Collection

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Preferred Citation
Whole Town's Talking
, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Related Materials
The National Anthropological Archives holds the Fox field notes and Fox Project records.

More Information

Local Number

Local Number
HSFA 1986.11.2


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