United States former President Calvin Coolidge dedicates a dam named in his honor on the Native American Indian San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. View of the dam and Gila river. Mountains in the background. Many people on the dam. Lunch tables arranged on the dam. President Coolidge eats lunch on top of structure across Gila River. President Coolidge smokes a peace pipe with the Native American Indian tribal people. Leaders of the Pima and Apache Indian tribes are seen.
Scenes of the town Tucson in Arizona, United States. Old houses and buildings in the town. Late 1930s cars driving on a road in Tucson and parked outside a building. The Mission San Xavier de Bac is shown. The Pima County Courthouse with old cars parked in front. Views of campus buildings at the University of Arizona. Students on the campus of the university. Construction workers building new brick buildings in Tucson. This is constrasted with view of a Mexican worker mixing clay and straw to make Adobe bricks. The man presses the mixture into forms to make large bricks or blocks. Mexican American children sit by the side and watch him work. 1930s era cars drive on the streets of Douglas Arizona. Mexican mariachi street musicians wearing sombreros play guitars and sing. A city parade (possibly in Phoenix) heads down a street with a marching band and men on horses. Women and children watch the parade. A rodeo event in Phoenix is shown with men on bucking broncos and bucking horses.
Natural wealth of Arizona is shown. Canyon and desert with huge sonoran cactus in Arizona are seen. Mining operations with digger loading rail cars. Huge explosion from dynamite blasting in a mine. Men examine ancient petrified wood trees. Logging, timber, and lumber operations: Two workers operate a two man manual saw and cut a large Ponderosa Pine tree into sections. Dry desert area shown, and then contrasted with irrigated lands as men package harvested carrots. Oranges shown up close growing on citrus orange trees. Mountain peaks shown covered with snow. Two young boys in cowboy clothing sit on a fence and smile. Cowboys graze their cattle animals. Cowboy crosses a field on horseback silhouetted by a bright sunny sky background. City buildings and automobile traffic on the roads of an Arizona city contrasts with rural native American tribal life. An indian woman stands with a baby outside of a traditional hut build with mud and logs. An orange and silver colored (then) modern locomotive races toward the camera position and passes by showing various train cars. Reenanctor playing part dressed as a Spanish conquistador. Spanish mission San Jose de Tumacacori is shown -- a historical monument of Arizona. A man prospecting walks amid rocks with his burro. He picks up a rock and hits on it with a hammer or chisel. Camera shows a vulture flying ominously overhead with a bright blue sky behind. A rattlesnake slithers across the desert ground. Bones of a dead human lying on desert floor. Sign for Tombstone Arizona, and actors portray residents of Tombstone, talking on town streets and fighting cowboys in a pistol firefight. A cowboy (actor) falls, show under a covered wagon. Views of gate at Boothill Graveyard with tombstones. Cross bearing text "Alfred Cantrell. Shot 1881." Another says "Ernest Brodines. Murdered 1882." And a third "M.E. Kellogg. 1882. Died natural death." Next grave crosses are: "Holderman Brothers. Hanged" also "Dan Kelly - hanged" and others.
A cowboy rides a horse at a Ranch in Arizona, United States. Mountains in the background. Cowboys ride horses and herd cattle. A man and woman visiting at a dude ranch observe as a cowboy saddles a horse. The cowboy helps the woman mount the horse. Health resorts and spas in Arizona are shown. Patrons relax by a pool and spa, and others play golf. Color footage of late 1930s cars and automobiles driving on city roads in Phoenix. View of the city Phoenix. The Arizona State Capitol Building and other buildings and houses in the city. Women on a canoe in a park river or creek. Children emerge from a school building.
Native American Indian people of the Hopi people are shown living in Oraibi, Arizona in the late 1930s. Lifestyle of the Hope people. A woman climbs the stairs of a traditional Hopi dwelling, unchanged by modern civilization. Construction of houses is seen. Hopi women fashion pottery in an ancient village, while kneeling on a blanket on the ground. They shape bowls by hand. Completed Hopi bowls and vases, and ceremonial mats and baskets are shown. A man paints religious dolls known as Kachina dolls, each a replica of costumes worn during religious ceremonies. Children play with the dolls. Indian men work at a mining site, but they are constrasted with many Indian men who choose their traditional way of life. A Navajo American Indian man riding a horse passes near monuments and natural rock formations in the Monument Valley area of Arizona. A young navajo girl herds sheep and goats with Monument Valley rock formations in background, showing how children assist the tribe. Arid lands needing irrigation are shown, and narrator discusses need for irrigation to support growth of the Navajo nation. A Navajo brush shelter dwelling is shown, typical of those erected by the nomadic Navajo following their grazing animals from place to place. Navajo woman grinds corn in traditional manner by hand with a stone. Two Navajo boys watch her. A navajo woman wearing turquoise and silver jewelry. A navajo woman makes a rug by hand, using wool from Navajo sheep. The rug weaver follows no drawn pattern and uses her memory only to make the pattern. Prehistoric Native American Indian dwellings in the Canyon de Chelly are shown, protected as National Monuments, and originally home to ancient Navajo and Anasazi Pueblo people. An anthropologist participating in excavation at the Canyon de Chelly examines a piece of pottery. Scientists at a Canyon de Chelly ruin from end of 11th century AD extract a core sample from timber to determine the year of the dwelling construction by wood growth rate pattern.
Monuments ruins of native American Indian civilizations in Arizona, United States. People sit at the side of a waterway near a ruin. They view the ruined monuments. Canyons, ridges, rock formations and water streams in Oak Creek Canyon. A 1930s car on a road in Oak Creek Canyon. Tourists look at the ruins prehistoric trees turned to stone in the Petrified Forest National Park. Close-up views of trees in the petrified forest, and of various cross-sections cut and polished. Elevated view of colorful ridges in the Painted Desert on the Little Colorado River. View of Sunset Crater and dried rock of old lava flows from the volcano. Scenes of the Grand Canyon and a man and woman looking out over the Grand Canyon. Montage of scenes of farmers, American Indians, prospectors, and miners in Arizona. Mining operations and smoke rises from the chimney of a smelting factory. Saguaro cactus plants with the setting sun behind at dusk.