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Ethnographic Video Online: Volume I

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Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus) Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus)
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Intended to be a visual encyclopedia of human behavior and culture, online in streaming video. Contains classic and contemporary documentaries; previously unpublished footage from working anthropologists and ethnographers in the field; and select feature films. Includes footage from every continent and hundreds of unique cultures. Thematic areas include: language and culture, kinesthetics, body language, food and foraging, cooking, economic systems, social stratification and status, caste systems and slavery, male and female roles, kinship and families, political organization, conflict and conflict resolution, religion and magic, music and the arts, culture and personality, and sex, gender, and family roles.

Ethnographic Video Online includes over 225 films and more than 150 hours. The database will continue to grow over the next year and will include more than 1,000 videos and 750 hours when complete. The films, which include seminal works in documentary film, as well as in visual anthropology, represent leading names from around the world, including John Marshall, Timothy Asch, David MacDougall, John Bishop, Robert Gardner, David Plath, even a documentary with Margaret Mead, made by Jean Rouch.

The collection includes many of the classic titles in the discipline, such as:

  • The Ax Fight
  • The Hunters
  • Dead Birds
  • The Nuer
  • Jaguar: A Yanomamo Twin Cycle Myth
  • Alter of Fire
  • A Kalahari Family
  • Candles for New Year's

    In addition, since many of the films were made specifically for teaching, the database features Study Guides alongside many of the titles and also includes filmmaker biographies, interviews, release notes, and more. Geographic and cultural group browses allow users to highlight sections of a map to find result sets, and searchable transcripts scroll with the films.
  • Number of Users:
    Interlibrary Loan:
    Not Permitted
    Resource Advocate:
    Marsh, Moira
    SFX Source:
    Federated Search:

    IUB Library Subjects:
    • Folklore
    • Ethnomusicology
    • Sociology
    • Film Studies
    • Anthropology

    Library of Congress Subjects:

    Social sciences.