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Films from our collection
CDs and DVDs are located on the main floor of the library. Click on the title of any media item to view the full record in our online catalog.
Children of the Amazon (Digital Video)
Following Brazilian filmmaker Denise Zmekhol deep into the Amazon in search of the indigenous Surui and Negarote children she photographed 15 years ago, this is the story of the devastation of the Brazilian rainforests by global agribusiness through the eyes of the region's children.
Nanook of the North (Digital Video)
In what is often considered the very first documentary film, Robert Flaherty recorded the daily life of Nanook the Inuk hunter and his family living in the harsh conditions of Canada's Hudson Bay region. Essential viewing for students of anthropology and film, Nanook of the North raises many questions about truth, storytelling, and culture.
Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North created the very genre of film documentary, with its documentation of Nanook the Inuit and the Eskimo traditions which were even then being threatened by the influences of whites. This program revisits the site of Flaherty's filming, and learns that he staged much of what he filmed, sired children to whose future he paid no heed, and is himself now part of Inuit myth.
Seasons of a Navajo (Digital Video)
This classic anthropological study of a traditional Navajo family, the Neboyias, examines their lifestyle through the four seasons as they travel to each of their hogans-planting, sheepherding, harvesting, and weaving.
Spirits of the rocks: The culture of San Bushpeople
The extraordinary rock paintings of the San bushpeople provide a culturally rich point of reconnection with humankind's collective past. In this program, anthropologists Patricia Vinnicombe-author of the groundbreaking book People of the Eland-and Frans Prins as well as Megan Biesele, cofounder of the Kalahari Peoples Fund, take part in an ethnographic sojourn with the San in South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia. To better understand this venerable indigenous people, they immerse themselves in their culture, partaking of their art, myths, beliefs, rituals, and healing dance.
Guns, Germs, and Steel (DVD)
Call Number: HM206 .G86 2005 (DVD Media - 2nd floor)
An epic detective story that offers a gripping expose on why the world is so unequal. Professor Jared Diamond traveled the globe for over 30 years trying to answer this question. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Why did Eurasians conquer, displace, or decimate Native Americans, Australians, and Africans, instead of the reverse? Diamond dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns.
I am a Sufi, I am a Muslim (Digital Video)
This program introduces Sufism, a branch of Islam which is much less well known in the West than some of the more fundamentalist forms which are frequently in the news.
Masai Manhood (VHS)
Call Number: DT443 .M37 1991 (Video Storage)
An ethnographic view of Masai culture and society, focusing on the preparation of young Masai boys for manhood and leadership in their society. Follows the seven years of transition in which the boys serve as warriors and learn about survival and the outside world, as dictated by their elders.
Millennium tribal wisdom and the modern world (VHS)
Call Number: GN345.7 .M55 1992 (Video Storage)
The Western world's desire to remake other societies into its own image has robbed our modern world of the gifts of other cultures. By exploring the values and the different world perspectives that hold many tribal societies together, this ten-part series aims to stimulate reflection and to look at what the modern world can learn from tribal societies as we all approach the next millennium.
Free ethnographic films
"It has been a decade and a half since a streetcorner book vendor and intellectual named Hakim Hasan introduced Mitchell Duneier to the people he came to write about in the book Sidewalk (1999). Now Duneier has collaborated with director Barry Alexander Brown and photographer Ovie Carter to provide a visual presentation that begins where the book ended. It updates the stories of Ron, Mudrick, Ishmael, Butterroll, and other unhoused v endors on Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village, showing what happened as they struggled in the wake of new economic and political realities, including those associated with September 11, 2001."
Bathing Babies in Three Cultures
Margaret Mead, 1954, Highlights differences in bathing and attachment between mom and child.
Alejandro Mamani of the Aymara Indians, Bolivia
"This program features a case study of Alejandro Mamani, an elder Aymara Indian whose village is located in the mountains of Bolivia. The episode focuses on Alejandro's experiences with an unexplained mental illness diagnosed as spiritual possession by Alejandro, his family and the members of his village. Ethnographers trace the man's suffering as he and his family try to cope with the unpredictability of the illness and the inevitability of death.