The Navajo Indian

Wendell W. Wright, Ph. D., Professor of Education, Alfred Whiting, Museum of Northern Arizona
Production Date: 
Coronet Instructional Films
Mike Wallace
Run Time: 
U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs

Establishing Shot: An extreme wide shot of a desert landscape; canyon walls can be seen in the background, while two people, one on horseback, tend to a flock of sheep (00:00:28).

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Major themes covered: profile of Navajo social life and culture. 

Native activities shown:  The importance of sheep; Farming; Daily life; Rug weaving from wool preparation to loom building; Silversmithing.
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Other notes: Made in collaboration with the Bureau of Audio-Visual Aids, Extension Division, Indiana University.  Supervision by Alfred Whiting, Museum of Northern Arizona.

Distributed by Coronet Films.

Coronet Instructional Films produced educational and “social guidance” films from 1946 to the early 1970s. These films, largely directed at teenage audience, covered topics ranging from conformity to social mores, appropriate dating behaviors, and personal hygiene, to inculcating American civic and capitalist values.

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--Mikel Stone, 2012