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Franz Boas Film Publication


Franz Boas Film Publication

The Bill Holm Center intends to publish in digital form (DVD) The Kwakiutl of British Columbia, a Documentary by Franz Boas (1930) as Visual Fieldnotes from Fort Rupert: Studies of Kwakiutl Dance and Movement by Franz Boas. The volume will include Bill Holm's 1972 notes, an essay on the making of the film and its editorial history, as well as interviews with contemporary Kwakwaka'wakw dancers and their reactions to the material. The Burke Museum owns the original copy of this film, believed to be the only film that Boas ever prepared. Included are scenes depicting traditional Kwakiutl dances, crafts, games, oratory, and the action of shamans.

The Kwakiutl of British Columbia, a Documentary by Franz Boas (1930)