A couple riding on a horse-drawn wooden wagon on street of the old Spanish settlement of Abiquiu, New Mexico. An old wooden building, housing a country store, seen across from them, and an adobe-stye building down the street. Two small log-style dwellings sit in between. Horses are tied to railings. A 1941 Ford convertible automobile sits in front of the old wooden building, where a number of people, including a woman with a small baby, sit relaxing in the sun. Artist Georgia O'Keefe steps from the car and enters a store in the building. A Native American woman stands, conversing with an old woman, dressed all in black,like a Spanish widow. Men outside an adobe building decorated with murals and a sign reading: "SL PA BAR." Closeups of the men sitting on benches with legs of cowboy in mural behind. Closeups of mural showing dancing girls. Scene shifts back closeup of the old woman in black. A woman looking out the window of her home. A woman rinsing a batch of some kind of material and placing it into another container. Another woman all in black, steps from her house to feed her two dogs on her doorstep. She poses for a closeup. Views of local flora.
Artist Georgia O'Keefe carries purchases to her car (a 1941 Ford convertible) as she leaves general store in Abiquiu, New Mexico. The shop keeper carries some of her items. Closeup of O'Keefe in her car as she drives away. Scene shifts to O'Keefe standing at the the Plaza Blanca cliffs, that she calls the "white place." Closeup of Ms.O'Keefe. Camera pans unusual rock formations. View of O'keefe at campfire. Her car parked nearby, and white cliffs in background. An O'keefe painting of flower with white mountains in background. Another of her paintings, and figurines representing Navajo priests. Scene shifts to Navajo dancers in costume as birds. Others in traditional clothing with elaborate headresses, chant and play drums. Scene shifts to Navajo children playing marbles in sand, and back again to dancers and drummers. The adobe St. Thomas Church is seen in background. Navajo family inside their home, where woman attends baby in a swing. Closeup of the baby. Panning views of dramatic landscapes. Herd of sheep grazing. Film concludes with views of mountains, sky, deserts, and canyons.
A young woman with her head covered by a scarf, opens gate and enters cross-marked doors of adobe St. Thomas Church. A crucifix stands in the courtyard, opposite the door. A bell tower and bell is seen atop the building. Inside, the woman is seen approaching an elaborate altar, behind which are depictions of saints and other works of local art. Closeups of religious figurines adorning shelves beside altar. The girl kneels before the altar. Closeup of crucifix at center of wall behind altar. Closeups of other religious figurines and paintings decorating space around the altar. The woman bends down to light a candle.
Scenes of various atomic bomb tests conducted by America during a course of time. Shows the atomic bomb test in Alamogordo, New Mexico(1945). Nuclear weapons tests for shot Able and shot Baker, tested at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands as part of Operation Crossroads(1946). Close -up view of massive nuclear explosion at sea seen from shore with blast wave approaching unmanned ships near harbor and a palm tree on shore seen waving dramatically. Atomic bomb tests at the Enewetak Atoll (sometimes spelled Eniwetok or Eniewetok) In the Marshall Island as part of Operation Sandstone (1948).
Adobe construction shown in Native American settlement in New Mexico. Men shoveling clay soft clay and straw together into a wooden mold wheel barrow. He empties the mold along with others, on the ground where many are already laid out. Scene shift to open yard where many of these adobe building blocks are stacked up, on end. Workers mixing clay mud at a construction site and delivering it to workers, on wooden scaffolding, finishing the exterior of an adobe building. Closeup of an adobe masons smoothing clay with their bare hands on various parts of the structure. Closeups of features of adobe structures. Views of an entire adobe village. Outdoor ovens (hornos) are seen in foreground.
A Native American adobe community in New Mexico. An alleyway between adobe homes. Wooden ladders against the buildings to provide access to roofs. A graveyard marked with dozens of crosses. A large structure stands in background beside a long tunnel-like structure. Out on the desert, bleached bones of animals are seen on the ground. A woman holds up an antler. Closeups of various bones held up for the camera. Views of artwork incorporating images as well as actual bones. Artist, Georgia O'Keefe, in her studio. A closeup of one of her canvases. View of an artistic mobile suspended from a building beam. POV view from O'Keefe's window, of desert outside, as a car drives past. A small animal running across the ground. Goats in a pen. Panning views, from high rock formations, of desert below. A muddy creek beneath the hills, with simple bridge crossing it. The Rio Grande River running past a tree bent toward the water. Views of higher mountains (described by narrator as "mossy." Forests of various kinds in the mountains. Sheep grazing near a forest of aspen trees. Scenes of trees flowering in Spring. A fall of water from a mountain spring into a pool. Rivers and streams of water flowing into ever larger tributories toward the Rio Grande River. Diversion of water into irrigation ditches. Such a ditch circling a cultivated field, where two farmers are cutting a crop with a hand-held reaper. More views of landscape. A farmer uses a shovel to open path for water to flow into an irrigation ditch. The water seeping into field planted with crops. Closeups of various farm produce, including apples and various varieties of colored corn. Native American men, women, and children shucking corn. Irrigation water flowing into fields of crops. A man and woman hang peppers in the sun to dry. A wooden water wheel being turned by water. Worker inside small building housing a water-driven wheel in village of Barranca .He feeds grain into spout connected to grind stone.