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;
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.
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).
Major themes covered: profile of Navajo social life and culture.
Cameramen: Tad Nichols; F. C. Clark, Jr.
Noteworthy elements: Fictionalized film sponsored by the Department of Interior concerning tuberculosis on the Navajo reservation
Establishing shot: Camera zooms out from aerial shot of a hogan and then pans a canyon before cutting to an extreme long shot of a desert landscape.
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.”
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.
Establishing shot: Film opens with a medium shot of a campsite, which then quickly cuts to men and women in the foreground sitting around casually with two women standing by a truck in the background.
Named locations: No named locations
Major themes covered: Images of Navajos