Recreating First Contact: Expeditions, Anthropology, and Popular Culture

Recreating First Contact: Expeditions, Anthropology, and Popular Culture


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ISBN-13: 9781935623144
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Joshua A. Bell is Curator of Globalization in the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Combining ethnographic fieldwork with archival and museum based research, he has worked with communities of the Purari Delta, Papua New Guinea, on various projects regarding the history of their engagements with resource extraction. As part of this work he has, and is, carrying out projects on the visual and material histories in Papua and their legacies.

Alison K. Brown is a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen. She has undertaken fieldwork and museum-based research in western and subarctic Canada and northern Scotland on projects that address the ways in which artefacts and photographs can be used to think about colonialism and its legacies. She is co-author of Sinaakssiiksi aohtsimaahpihkookiyaawa/Pictures Bring us Messages: Photographs and Histories from the Kainai Nation (2006) with Laura Peers and members of the Kainai Nation, and is currently working on a book that addresses the relationships between First Nations and British museums.

Robert J. Gordon is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of the Free State in South Africa and the University of Vermont. His area focus is on southern Africa and Papua New Guinea. His eclectic interests range from violence, law, and state making/breaking to the media and dogs. Among his books are Law and Order in the New Guinea Highlands (1985) with Mervyn Meggitt, The Bushman Myth (1992), Tarzan was an Eco-Tourist (2006) co-edited with Luis Vivanco, and most recently, Going Abroad: Travelling like an Anthropologist (2010).

Table of Contents

Foreword John P. Homiak v

Acknowledgments xiii

Expeditions, Their Films and Histories: An Introduction Robert J. Gordon Alison K. Brown Joshua A. Bell 1

Moving Image Technology and Archives Pamela Wintle 31

Ethnographic Film Practices in Silent German Cinema Wolfgang Fuhrmann 41

Grass Before Kong: "Natives" in the Films of Merian Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack Daniel Bradburd 55

First Contact as Real Contact: The 1926/27 Soviet Polar Census Expedition to Turukhansk Territory David G. Anderson 72

Camping Among The Indians: Visual Education and the Sponsored Expedition Film at the American Museum of Natural History Alison Griffiths 90

Mistaken Gods and Other Misnomers of First Contact of the U.S. department of Agriculture 1928 Sugarcane Expedition to New Guinea Joshua A. Bell 109

"Beyond the End of Steel": Recasting the Franklin Motor Expedition to Canada Alison K. Brown 129

On Safari with Martin and Osa Johnson Lamont Lindstrom 147

The Riddle of Hell's Jungle: Otto Schulz-Kampfhenkel's Expeditions to the Primeval Forests of Liberia and the Amazon During the 1930s Holger Stoecker 162

Africa Speaks (But to Whom?): Expeditionary Anthropology in a Minor Key Robert J. Gordon 184

"Primitive Blacks Face White Man's Laws": The 1932 Anthropological Expedition to Mt. Liebig, Central Australia Philip Batty 197

"The Africa I Know": Film and the Making of "Bushmen" in Laurens Van Der Post's Lost World of Kalahari (1956) Lauren van Vuuren 215

Afterword Henrika Kuklick 231

Appendix: Films, Technology, and Institutional Histories 241

Notes on the Contributors 253

Index 257

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