Navajo Land motion picture, undated

Overview of the Collection

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Navajo Land motion picture
undated (inclusive)
1 16mm film
Collection Number
Navajo Land is a film produced by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to show Navajo people living on reservations the lives of Native Navajo people living in a big city.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 8015818863
Access Restrictions

Materials must be used on-site; no use of original material, access copies will be made available for viewing. Five business days advanced notice required. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law, condition of the material, or by donor.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) was formed in 1824. An agency of the federal government of the United States within the US Department of the Interior, it is responsible for the administration and management of land held in trust by the United States for Native Americans in the United States, Native American Tribes and Alaska Natives.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Navajo Land is a film produced by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to show Navajo people living on reservations the lives of Native Navajo people living in a big city.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Processing Note

Processed by Elizabeth Shuput in 2004.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Navajo Land
Directed by Ted B. White Produced by The Bureau oF Indian Affairs. Navajo Consultant: Rudolph Russell. Script Writter: Robert Magril. Navajo's Appearing in the Film: Mary Rose Lather, Mark James, Jean Mahkee, June Nakai, Patrick Gatewood, Emerson Skeets, Alan Clah. Title designers: Elroy Drake and Thomas J. Gamble. Shot list: Caucasian woman speaking to the viewer. Shot of State Street in Chicago Illinois, a temperature/time sign, the front of the International Harvesting Company. Shot of the City from above. Shot of "Santa Fe" billboard showing "The Chiefs Are Still Chiefs - Chicago, Texas, California" with a picture of a Native American Chief. Shot of a Coca-Cola sign. Shots of a park, train, waterfountain, various buildings, and of cars and people on the streets. Native Navajo girl places a vinal record on the record player. Native Navajo man welds two pieces of metal together. Elderly Navajo woman cleaning surgical instruments. The same elderly woman walking home. When she reaches her house, she cooks diner, turns on and sits infront of the television. Back to the City. Back to a home. A mid-aged Navajo woman cooks, and displays pictures and other nicknacks on her mantel to the camera. The mid aged Navajo woman then walks to work. Back to a home. A Navajo family of three boys, three girls and mom and dad read together. Shots of dad working at Belke MFG. Co. Shots of various men working at Nickey Chevrolet. The caucasin woman from the beginning of the film speaks for a few more minutes. A Navajo man speaks for a few moments.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Native Americans

Corporate Names

  • Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah

Form or Genre Terms

  • Moving images