Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to I am the Pain Doctor, 1976


Collection ID:
Baker, Dan
Physical Description:
Film reels
27 minutes
color sound; 1000 feet

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
Edited film documenting the work of Chamorro traditional curer, Jaun Cepeda, on the island of Guam, Micronesia. Film discusses aspects of the history of Guam and the roots of the indigenous healing tradition practiced by contemporary Guamanian curers. Detailed are the curer's trade and indigenous ideas about the cause of disease, diagnoses and knowledge of materia medica, with examples of the physical and ritual aspects of therapy.
Legacy Keywords: Healers sirahanu Guam ; Therapy magical Guam ; Illness ideas about ; Healing massage infusions Guam ; Medicine indigenous preparation of Guam ; Spirits as cause of disease Guam ; Acculturation medical systems indigenous Guam ; Plants materia medica Guam
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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 Dan Baker in 1990.

Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Use
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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.
Preferred Citation
I am the Pain Doctor, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

More Information

Local Number

Local Number
HSFA 1990.2.1


Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Oceania Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Guam Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chamorro (Micronesian people) Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound films Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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