Lifestyle of Hopi Indian people at Oraibi, Arizona, and Navajo Indian people in Monument Valley area of Arizona
Arizona United States USA Date:1939 Duration:4 min 2 sec Sound:Yes
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.
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