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.

Navajo Children

Establishing shot:  Mountains covered with the last snow of winter. The high peaks of the mountain are to the left of the frame, to the right of the frame the beginning of a valley can be seen. More mountains can be seen in the background. This shot then cuts to grazing sheep.
Named locations: No named locations
Major themes covered: Overview of the Navajo people and their agricultural practices; moving between winter and summer hogans; transhumant seasonal activities.

Monument Valley

Associate producers:  Reed Bingham and Milas Hinshaw
Production manager: Leland W. Hansen
Production coordinator:  Charles Martin
Filmed on location by: Milas Hinshaw, Leland W. Hansen, Buddy Noonan, Guy Adenis, Dick Swenson, Gene McCabe, and Roland Munns
Studio sequences: Ken Carlson and Jim Crabe
Film editors: Marvin Walowitz and Mindy Bagdon
Music and effects: Audio Effects

The Hopi Indian

Establishing shot: Film opens overlooking a flowing Grand Canyon, Arizona.
Named locations: The Grand Canyon, Arizona; village of Shungopavi, Second Mesa, AZ.
Major themes covered: The daily life of the Hopi Indian.
Native activities shown

Opening shot is of the Grand Canyon, exact location unknown;

00:00:44 Shows the village of Shungopavi, on Second Mesa;


Warning: This film presents ancient and modern Native cultures as indistinguishable. Much visual content is incorrect and reflects the mainstream cultural biases of its time. The narrator's language is condescending and culturally insensitive.

Supai Indian

Establishing shot: Camera centers on a man in a cowboy hat leading a horse towards the camera. A flowing waterfall can be seen behind the horse, as well as several tall trees, and a path leading to the river.
Named locations: Cataract Canyon, Arizona; Post Office of Supai, Arizona (sign 4m 28s);
Major themes covered: The daily life of the Supai Indian.