Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to the John Canfield Ewers films, circa 1945-1993


Collection ID:
circa 1945-1993
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
Film reels
1 hour
color silent; 1,400 feet
1 Video recording

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
Amateur film on the Blackfoot Indians and video with various footage relating to Allan Houser, a Chiricahua Apache sculptor, painter and book illustrator.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.


Custodial History
Previously part of the John Canfield Ewers Papers, National Anthropological Archives.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from the National Anthropological Archives in 1999.
Processing Information
Dates inferred from dates of John Canfield Ewers Papers.

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
John Canfield Ewers films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution


Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
North America Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Niitsitapii (Blackfoot/Blackfeet) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
silent films Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Houser, Allan, 1914-1994 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Human Studies Film Archives
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