An Indian Bible

Wayne Davis
Wayne Davis
Production Date: 
after 1939
Arizona Western Pictures, Inc.
Gayne Whitman
Run Time: 
unknown (likely a Christian organization)

Warning: This film purports to explain the religion of the Akimel O'odham (Pima) Indian. Most content material is incorrect and reflects the mainstream cultural biases of its time. The title indicates a misunderstanding of petroglyphs and Native belief systems. The narrator's language is condescending and culturally insensitive.

Photography:  Roland C. Price
Editor:   George Halligan
Musical Score:   Lee Zahler

Establishing shot: Camera overlooks a desert setting. Two large saguaros can be seen at either side of the frame, multiple saguaros stand in the center background. Credits appear and then fade with the camera overlooking a traditional Akimel O'odham (Pima) homestead.
Named locations: Central Arizona
Native activities shown: Driving a horse and buggy; Man taking his grandson to a sacred place of worship; Pima couple getting married; Man riding horse.
Individuals Named:
Norris, "one of the men who stormed the stronghold of the Apache chief Geronimo" (unlikely); Natachee, Norris' grandson (a Navajo name).
Native language spoken: No native language
Audible: Good quality English narration.
Noteworthy elements: Images of petroglyphs (mistakenly called "hieroglyphics" by the narrator). Information about what some of the depictions mean to the Pima culture and creation story are incorrect and culturally insensitive.  The narrator translates a native story for the audience as Norris tells it to Natashi,  although we never hear the Pima language in this process.
Other notes: Some of the religious information is made to fit Christian doctrine without foundation in Native belief systems.