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Island Scrub-Jay

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Island Scrub-Jay nest being predated by Channel Island Fox.

Obligations to the Ancestors Ritual 1986

Human Studies Film Archives
Title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work) -- archival collection

Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee

Full video record documenting a major buffalo sacrifice in the village of Mangganipi. This feast forms part of a complex system of ritual exchange among the Kodi people on the island of west Sumba, Indonesia. Video includes an extended interview with the principal singer from the feast.

Speed Kills: Top 7 Most Unbelievable Moments on Land

Smithsonian Channel
From sudden scorpion stings to caracals that smack birds right out of the air, these intense animal face-offs will leave you stunned. From the Series: Speed Kills

Why Inoperative Plane Sensors Can Leave Pilots Helpless

Smithsonian Channel
When frozen water causes XL Airways Germany Flight 888 sensors to malfunction, the investigators point to an unlikely source: the cleaning crew. From: AIR DISASTERS: Imperfect Pitch

Cassini's Grand Finale - Ask an Expert

National Air and Space Museum
When the Cassini spacecraft plunges into Saturn on September 15, it will be the end of a wildly successful mission. The Cassini-Huygen's mission to the Saturn system revealed many secrets of Saturn, its rings, and its icy moons. Emily Martin, from the Museum's Center of Earth and Planetary Studies, discussed the many accomplishments of the mission and its brave end in this talk presented live on Facebook.

Going Home 05: The First 25 Years - Lauryn Guttenplan

National Museum of the American Indian
The 1989 National Museum of the American Indian Act (NMAIA) opened a new era in relations between Native Americans and museums by giving legal weight to the spiritual and ethical concerns of tribes. To commemorate 25 years of repatriation, the National Museum of the American Indian has convened this symposium to discuss the history of the NMAIA, current repatriation practices at the Smithsonian Institution, and the future of repatriation beyond political and geographical boundaries. In this segment, Lauryn Guttenplan, Associate General Counsel, Smithsonian Institution, and panel moderator, introduces the panel topic, "Smithsonian Repatriation Under the NMAIA: The First 25 Years." Lauryn Guttenplan has been with the Smithsonian’s Office of General Counsel for 29 years and is currently Associate General Counsel. She works on a wide range of issues, including intellectual property, contracts, and non-profit tax in addition to repatriation. She has advised the Smithsonian on all matters pertaining to repatriation beginning with the drafting of the NMAI Act through the present and has worked closely with both the NMAI and NMNH to interpret and apply the law, draft and revise repatriation policies and procedures, and advise on specific repatriation claims, reports and recommendations. She has served as Chair and faculty for the annual Conference on Legal Issues in Museum Administration and regularly lectures on repatriation and other museum legal topics. The symposium, "Going Home: 25 Years of Repatriation Under the NMAI Act," was webcast and recorded at the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on November 19, 2014.

The Colossal Impact of NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery

Smithsonian Channel
Space Shuttle Discovery clocked more time in space than any other shuttle and was the catalyst for many historic space firsts - including the mission to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope. From: SHUTTLE DISCOVERY'S LAST MISSION

What Do You Know About Snakes?

Smithsonian Channel
These five-year-olds know a thing or two about snakes, but what do they know about titanoboa?

Hermogenes Cayo 1970

Human Studies Film Archives
title from credits (published work)--archival collection

Supplementary materials: audio tapes, still photographs, production files, correspondence, promotional materials and press clippings.

Archives also holds English language version released under the title Imaginero.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research supported processing and the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Smithsonian Latino Center supported preservation of the Jorge Preloran Film Collection.

Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee

Donated by Jorge Preloran in 2007.

Edited film is an ethnobiography of Hermogenes Cayo, a religious image maker in the high Andean plateau of Argentina. The film portrays Hermogenes, his wife Aurelia Kilpe, and their children in their Andean lifestyle, as well as Hermogenes' passion for painting, carving, building, and his devotion to the virgin Mary. The film tells the story of how Hermogenes became an image maker and devotee to the virgin, thus capturing a lifestyle and philosophy rapidly disappearing. Hermogenes, if not the last, is one of the last image makers of his kind. His effigies, carved out of cactus root, are intricate and beautiful. The film includes Hermogenes reminisces, which are his narrations accompanied by old photographs. The audio track was made separately from the filming, so all of Hermogenes' or Aurelia's narrations overlay the footage. All narration is translated by the voice of Preloran, but the actual voices are clearly audible. The film does not follow a clear narrative structure, transitioning between themes and revisiting earlier themes later. In this way the film weaves a portrait of Hermogenes Cayo, the craft of image making, an indigenous Catholicism, marriage as well as portraying the lifestyle of a solitary Andean family braving the harsh conditions of the Andes. The relationship between individual and culture, as well as cultural change, is artfully expressed by Preloran.

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These Hungry Macaques Are Planning a Heist

Smithsonian Channel
In the jungles of Borneo, a group of long-tailed macaques are planning a daring raid. As soon as the coast is clear, they’ll head into the orangutan rescue center and steal food. From the Series: Orangutan Jungle School: Movin' On Up

Dirty Work: Cleaning a 50-Year-Old Cruiser Engine

Smithsonian Channel
Marco Polo's half-century-old engines require special care. The crew explores the ship's mechanics, cleaning various parts before they power it forward. From: MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS: Marco Polo

A Chance to See the Inside of a Zebra Shark

Smithsonian Channel
This is one laid-back zebra shark. Seymour the shark will flip over on his back to allow veterinarians to take an ultrasound. From the Series: Zoo Vets: Claws, Paws, and Fins

The Diet of the Neotropical Otter is Amazingly Broad

Smithsonian Channel
Neotropical river otters are expert swimmers and unfussy eaters. They'll eat almost anything: from fish to insects to small mammals, and even birds. From the Series: Into the Wild Colombia: Romeo and Julieta

Frozen Dead Guy Fest: Spamarama

Smithsonian Channel
Fried, sauteed, flambeed or stuffed, SPAM is one processed food that many chefs believe worthy of a gourmet makeover. Travel to Austin, TX to ham it up at Spamarama! From: AMERICA WILD AND WACKY: Frozen Dead Guy Fest

The Great Inka Road: Introduction to Saqsaywaman

National Museum of the American Indian
Dr. Ricardo Mar, Faculty of Architecture, Universitat i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain, introduces the archeological site of Saqsaywaman, which lies at the northern end of Cusco and was the heart of the Inka Empire. He argues that the development of the site should be guided by what we know of the world view of original Inka. Produced for the exhibition "The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire" (, on view at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., through June 1, 2018.

This Pressure Suit Helped Pilots Survive New Heights

Smithsonian Channel
Aviation pioneer Wiley Post needed an oxygenated pressure suit to survive a high-altitude transcontinental flight. Enter engineer Russell Colley - who sews together the material for the suit on his wife's sewing machine. From the Series: Survival in the Skies: Space Suits

Aerial America - Connecticut: Sneak Peek

Smithsonian Channel
From Huckleberry Finn to the Colt 45, Connecticut is the birthplace of iconic American images. Its citizens and college graduates have helped shape the nation. Rediscover the Constitution State with Aerial America. From the Series: Aerial America: Connecticut

Dr. Andreas Laszlo's Footage of the Cree Indians; British Columbia; Saga of the Snowshoe ca. 1954

Human Studies Film Archives
title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)---archival collection

supplementary materials: travel diary of trip

Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee

Footage shot by Andreas E. Laszlo, M.D., of the Cree Indians and, in particular, the process of making snowshoes, during travels with his wife, Lucile, and friend Narcisse Nosky, a Cree Indian, in Cree trapping grounds near an unnamed tributary of the Jennings, close to Teslin Lake. Footage opens with a map of western Canada and snow covered mountains, a map of British Columbia with, presumably, a group of Cree and mongrel dogs carrying packs walking across snow and a topographical map followed by what appears to be an early fall Cree encampment in a wooded area. Dogs are harnessed to a sled and a small group of men and women leaves the camp, some on horses. There appears to be some difficulty getting the dogs harnessed and moving in the right direction. They travel through wooded areas and down a frozen waterway, and along a mountain top. An animal is killed, possibly a juvenile or female elk. The group sets up an encampment near a partially frozen river. Two Cree men look over a pair of broken snow shoes which begins the process demonstration of making a new pair of snow shoes. Two men on horse cross the swiftly flowing river followed by dogs struggling against the current. A Birch tree about eight inches in diameter is cut down, trimmed, and carried back across the river to camp. Smaller trees of about 2-3 inches in diameter are trimmed and stripped of bark. The following footage shows in some detail the making of a snow shoe including stages of creating and preparing the shoe's frame and turning up toe which is typical of a Cree snow shoe; drilling and burning holes for the lacing; preparing animal hide for lacing and cutting strips of hide for the lattice and wrapping the frame; and lacing with the strips of hide. In addition, repairing a broken snow shoe is shown. A man works with the frame and the women primarily process the hide and lace the lattice work. Footage ends before the snow shoe is finished.

The Real Story - Titanic: Sneak Peek

Smithsonian Channel
Navigate the tricky waters of reality and fiction in the Oscar-winning Hollywood blockbuster "Titanic." From the Series: The Real Story: Titanic

Becoming a Million Dollar American Princess

Smithsonian Channel
Actor Roanna Davidson walks us through the challenges and delights of becoming Winnaretta Singer, the provocative heir to a major sewing machine fortune and one of the bold women featured in season 2 of Million Dollar American Princesses. From: MILLION DOLLAR AMERICAN PRINCESSES

Can This NASA Satellite Find Proof of Life on Mars?

Smithsonian Channel
Maven, a new satellite destined for Mars, was built to examine the atmosphere of Mars in order to help scientists understand the planet's relatively unknown history. From: SPACE VOYAGES: Into the Unknown

Investigators Relive Final Moments Before 2016 Crash

Smithsonian Channel
Investigators speaking to the air traffic controller on duty on November 28, 2016, the day LaMia 2933 crashed, are stunned to find out that the pilots had only declared a fuel emergency moments before the crash. From the Series: Air Disasters: Soccer Tragedy

Roses at the Smithsonian

Smithsonian Institution
The Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden is a visual centerpiece in front of the Arts and Industries Building to the east of the Smithsonian Castle. This garden provides an engaging space for visitors on their journey around the Smithsonian museums. Visitors stop to smell the various fragrant roses, read the plant name tags to gather ideas for their own gardens, and enjoy the spectacular view. Come learn about roses with Shelley Gaskins, Smithsonian Gardens horticulturist.
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