Tourist Film, 1940

Establishing shot: The Taos Reservation; pueblos seen in the foreground with mountain ranges in the background
Named locations: No named locations
Major themes covered: A brief look at the pueblos
Native activities shown: Two women walking through the pueblos; Young children approaching the camera, smiling; A dog following a woman; Children playing in the streets
Individuals? Named? No named individuals
Native language spoken: None, silent film

Albuquerque Indian School 1

Establishing shot:  The film opens with a zoom in on a speaker, with the framing stopping with a medium-close up shot of the speaker.
Named locations: Albuquerque Indian School;
Major themes covered: Inherent sovereignty and the right of the Pueblo Indians to take control of their school system

River People

Establishing shot: Film opens showing a large plane taking off, then moves to a map of the fifty states. Pima Indian Reservation is not seen until 1m58s into the film; the camera centers on a mountain range in the background, with a green field in the foreground. A large saguaro can also be seen, in bloom, on the right side of the frame.
Named locations: Tucson, Arizona; Phoenix, Arizona; Southern Arizona;  Pima Indian Reservation; the Gila River; Texaco Olberg Trading Post (sign, 12m30s); Mexico; the Midwest; Coolidge Dam.

Indian Children

Establishing shot:  The film opens with an Arizona setting. Two large saguaros appear on the far left and far right of the frame, with a mountain in the background. This shot then dissolves, and focuses on a small Tohono O'odham (Papago)
homestead. A young girl (Conca) can be seen exiting the home while her mother sits outside, and a young boy (Cochise, typically associated with Apache) with a dog walks from the far right into the scene.
Named locations: No named location; due to saguaros, the film appears to be set in Arizona

Desert People

Associate Director: Michael Ream
Executive Producer: Jules Power
Associate Producer: George Charles
Production assistant: William Hilliker, Jr.
Music: John Winters
Technical Supervisor: Len Bottom
Engineering Supervisor: Earl Mehaffey
Technical Director: Chuck Ciegelsky
Video: Jim Doyas
Audio: Corky Hendrick
Graphic Arts: Hy Blay