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So You Think Your Job Is Hard?

Smithsonian Channel
This crew must maneuver a jumbo plane, as long as a football field and as high as a six-story building, at hundreds of miles per hour into blinding sun glare in order to refuel. From: MIGHTY PLANES: C-5M Super Galaxy

Divers' First Encounter with a Crocodile

Smithsonian Channel
Divers venture into the depths of the Okavango River in pursuit of crocodiles. From: DIVING WITH CROCODILES

The Nuer 1970

Human Studies Film Archives
Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee Edited film made among the eastern Nuer of Ethiopia, a Nilotic cattle-herding people. The cinematic construction of the film seeks to convey a holistic feel for Nuer lifeways, particularly the intimacy between the Nuer and their cattle. Narration provides anthropological accounts of such events as a dispute over bridewealth, a ghost marriage, and a (male initiation) ceremony in which two boys receive forehead incisions. Also included is a subtitled interview in which an old man offers his own comments on Nuer life and customs.

A Modern-Day Air Cowboy

Smithsonian Channel
Before becoming a pilot, Stu Sprung was a firefighter and paramedic, and a flight medic for FEMA. He has responded to thousands of US emergencies, including the World Trade Center attack on 9-11. From: DANGEROUS FLIGHTS

Herero of Ngamiland 1953

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

Gordon Gibson papers are held in the National Anthropological Archives

The National Film Preservation Foundation supported preservation of this film.

Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee

Edited film, narrated by Gordon D. Gibson, about the Herero, a pastoral Bantu people in Bechwanaland, southwestern Africa. Scenes represent the divison of labor between men and women as it relates to house construction, the care of cattle (herding, watering, milking), making butter and buttermilk, wood carving, and the preparation and consumption of food (butchering, stamping cornmeal); the role of clan priests in daily and ceremonial life including the daily ritual of milk tasting, propitiation of the ancestors, funerals, mourning, and inheritance; and the activities of children, the nature of traditional adornment, and song and dance.

Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges Conference - part 6

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
How can we power the world with clean energy? How can we improve the quality of life through health-care innovations? Design has emerged as a powerful tool to help businesses offer ingenious and often disruptive solutions to the world's most complex problems. Join us as leading thinkers, scientists and designers share their expertise and discuss how design can accelerate innovation and provide efficient and scalable solutions to the most pressing global needs. This program was a collaboration with GE and Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Beale Street's Memphis Blues

Smithsonian Channel
Beale Street in downtown Memphis was officially declared the "Home of the Blues" by an act of Congress in 1977. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Tennessee

What Really Went on in the Ottoman Harem?

Smithsonian Channel
Many associate pleasure and seduction with the Ottoman Harem, but its women were trained for many other things. From: EAST MEETS WEST: The Story of the Ottoman

Miami's Most Iconic Nightlife Spots You Should Visit

Smithsonian Channel
If you're ever looking for a sample of Miami's legendary nightlife, here's a handy trick: follow the shining neon lights on Ocean Drive, where some of the most famous clubs in the world are located. From the Series: Aerial America: Miami

Iruya 1996

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.

Re-edited version of film of same title released in 1968. This version has new titles and soundtrack. It is unknown if footage was added or removed.

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 ethnographic film by Jorge Preloran documents celebrations in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, patroness of Iruya, a remote village in the Zenta Mountains, Salta Province, Argentina. The celebrations include performances in pantomime and ritual dances which are reminiscent of the Autos Sacramentales of the 17th and 18th centuries in Spain. Shot in 1966. Produced at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán with assistance from the Fondo Nacional de las Artes.

By the Numbers: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Smithsonian Channel
A gifted student, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and a civil rights activist. During his short, but remarkable life Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shaped the nation and the world. Look back at some of MLK's most iconic achievements by the numbers. Watch MLK: The Assassination Tapes:

Thomas Jefferson's Mobile Device

Smithsonian Channel
Built by Thomas Jefferson, this laptop desk witnessed some of the greatest pen strokes in history. This desk provided the workspace for the initial drafts of the Declaration of Independence. From the Show: America's Treasures

SSEP Day 1 - Canyons, UT

National Air and Space Museum
The first Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) National Conference was held at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on July 6 and 7, 2011. This student science symposium allowed student teams from all over the country to share their designs and preliminary results for experiments conducted during STS-134, Space Shuttle Endeavour's final mission. This video includes the presentation: "The Effect of Microgravity on the Diffusion of Morphogens in Xenopus Laevis" by Hillcrest High School, Canyons, UT.

Avoiding the Spiky Quills of These Adorable Porcupines

Smithsonian Channel
Even though porcupines rarely quill on purpose, working with them requires patience. Caretakers at Smithsonian’s National Zoo tell us how they handle their spiky friends. #ZooQs From: WILD INSIDE THE NATIONAL ZOO: Baby Boom

An Astronaut's Take on Working in Zero Gravity

Smithsonian Channel
NASA pilot Joe Edwards details the challenges of living aboard a spacecraft. From the Series: Smithsonian Spotlight: Space: The Last 50 Years

These Trees Uncover What Plunged Egypt's Climate Into Chaos

Smithsonian Channel
Examining tree rings inside the world's oldest trees reveal a seismic event that took place around 3,500 years ago. Could this be scientific evidence that the biblical plagues of Ancient Egypt really happened? From the Series: Secrets

This Captain Runs His Ship Like A 5-Star Hotel

Smithsonian Channel
The captain of Le Boreal knows its all about first impressions as he welcomes all 170 passengers graciously - and quickly - on board his ship. From: MIGHTY SHIPS: Le Boreal

This Ancient Fish is Facing a Plummeting Population Crisis (4K)

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Despite producing thousands of eggs at a time, sturgeon populations are down to about 1% of their historic population levels. Scientists are scrambling for answers. From the Series: Great Lakes Wild: The Damning Truth

Meet the Scientist: Jon Bloch

Smithsonian Channel
Fascinated by the history of our world, paleontologist Jonathan Bloch studies the fossils of animals that existed during the paleocene era after the dinosaurs went extinct.

Silas Kopf on Wendell Castle—Connections: Renwick Gallery

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Silas Kopf speaks of his training after college with Wendell Castle and how that experience helped shape his concept of excellence within the furniture-making field. Silas, unlike Castle, specializes in marquetry decoration.

Parachuting in WWII Was a Terrifying Experience

Smithsonian Channel
In the early days of WWII, parachuting involved jumping through a narrow three-foot hole in the fuselage floor. Then soldiers had to pray their parachutes, linked to the aircraft by a strap, would open. From: WWII'S MOST DARING RAIDS: Stealing Hitler's Radar

Could You Survive This 77-Mile Triple Marathon?

Smithsonian Channel
Only one in three participating runners are able to finish this grueling, mountainous, 77-mile triple marathon without breaking down. From: THE PERFECT RUNNER

This Woman Paved the Way for Female Comedians

Smithsonian Channel
Phyllis Diller was the first American woman to have a successful career as a stand-up comic, and the secrets to her success are now a part of the National Museum of American History's collection. From the Series: Stories From the Vaults: Famous Donors
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