Image Maker and the Indians, The

  • 1980 ----- color ----- 16 min ----- 16mm///
  • Shows how the famous pioneer cinematographer, Edward S. Curtis, made the first full-length documentary film of native Americans. In the Land of the War Canoes was made among the Northwest Coast Indians in 1914, eight years before Robert Flaherty completed Nanook of the North. Provides background on how Curtis came to make the film and the methods he used. Footage from the film is used, as are still photographs of Curtis on the set, of his Indian assistants and actors, and of his props and scenery. In addition to previously unpublished photographs and documents, the testimony of Indians who were actors or spectators at the 1914 filming is recorded. (Release of University of Washington Press)
  • Topics: (American Indian Studies, Motion Pictures: History, Pacific Northwest)