Navajo (Diné)

Navajo Indian Life

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Major themes covered: sympathetic profile of the hard family life of Navajo people in Northeastern Arizona in the mid-1950s
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Other notes: Distributed by Coronet Films;

Navajo Indian Life

Establishing shot: view of Monument Valley, in the distance
Named locations: Arizona; Monument Valley; Colorado River; New Mexico.
Major themes covered: Silent film shows the world of the Navajo Indians in Northern Arizona, their work and leisure, children and adults
Native activities shown:  Riding a burro; Displaying jewelry; Posing for the camera; Preparing a cradleboard; Planting crops; Grinding corn; Preparing food; Eating a meal; Silversmithing.

The Navajo Indian

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. 

Christian Reformed Church 1 (Outtakes)

Named locations: Church of the Nazarene, Twin Butte Mission; Bethany Christian Reformed Church, Gallup, New Mexico
Major themes covered: This footage is composed of random outtakes for a film titled, “His Way, with Shorty Benally.” The film appears to be a cautionary tale about the evils of alcoholism and the redemptive power of the Church.  This collection of outtakes contains multiple takes of different shots and scenes.

Navajo Night Dances

Establishing shot: Extreme long shot of the Navajo landscape. Mountains and canyons can be seen in the background while a stump of a tree can be seen in the middle ground of the frame. A desert tree can be seen behind the stump on screen right.
Named locations: In this film, mythical place names from the Mountain Chant Way are presented as actual locations. Mentioned are “Beautiful in the Mountains,” “Circle of Red Stones,” and “Wind Around a Rock.”

Land of the Crimson Cliffs

Field Associate: Arnold Whitaker
Establishing shot: A mid-close up of a man, dressed in a suit and tie, reading a large paper map. A world map can be seen in the background and in the foreground is a large desk, which the man is reading at. The narrator then puts the map down and begins narrating. The narration then becomes voice over as the scene cuts to a car driving on a barren dirt road of Utah.