UW Ethnomusicology Archives video recording: Northwestern American Indian War Dance Contest, 1968-05-19  PDF

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University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
UW Ethnomusicology Archives video recording: Northwestern American Indian War Dance Contest
1 items  :  1 vct (VHS, sp, stereo, color); WD-1 DVD; Duration: 00:13:21; see doc. file for 68-24 for printed program and UW Press catalog description.
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Video copy of the 16 mm film of various Native American performers produced by the UW Ethnomusicology Archives and published by UW Press in 1969. The footage was recorded at the Seattle Center Arena May 19, 1968.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
Access Restrictions

Unrestricted: collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives has been collecting and curating unique ethnographic music recordings for over 50 years. Its holdings of more than 15,000 items include field recordings documenting music traditions of all kinds from most areas of the world, concert recordings of visiting musicians, and films and videos of a variety of musical events, as well as several hundred musical instruments. The Archives serves the students and faculty in the UW Ethnomusicology Program, the broader university community, Pacific Northwest tribes, and an international clientele of musicians, students, and teachers.

Archival recordings are available for on-site listening. Depending on collection deposit agreements, copies of some materials may be obtained by researchers. Students are particularly encouraged to utilize archival materials to assist with class projects and help prepare for their own field work. The Archives employs several students each year and works informally with most ethnomusicology students as they begin to consider recording format options, equipment purchase, the practical problems of documentation in the field, and other issues related to their research. Students and other researchers are invited to deposit their field collections in the Archives, which offers secure storage and computer catalog access to all materials.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Native American performers filmed and recorded by Robert Garfias and Dan Grinstead; published by UW Press, 1969 (currently out of print).

Performers are not named, except for one segment with a generic title: "Montana drum group" - likely not the actual name of the group.

Tape contents include brief segments of the following: Men's fancy dance, women's war dance, feather dance, men's fancy dance, ladies drum and singing and, finally, hoop dance.

See entry for original film and audio soundtrack (N3/68-24) for additional information.

VHS copy digitized 7-20-15 and work disc produced; saved to 97-13.1 mov file and 97-13.1 img file.

Contents (DVD copy): Ch.1 Title and Credits; Ch.2 Men's Fancy Dance; Ch.3 Women's War Dance; Ch.4 Feather Dance; Ch.5 Men's Fancy Dance; Ch.6 Ladies Drum and Singing; Ch.7 Montana Drum Group; Ch.8 Hoop Dance Finals; Ch.9 Credits

Documentation: Film log book II

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • American Indian
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology
  • Geographical Names :
  • North America
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Video recordings