By Sol Worth
Initially released in 1972, this pioneering publication has turn into a vintage in visible anthropology. worthy and Adair got down to resolution the query, What could take place if a person from a tradition that makes and makes use of films taught those that have by no means made or used movies to take action for the 1st time? They taught filmmaking and enhancing to a bunch of six Navajos in Pinetree, Arizona. This e-book explains what occurred, what they and the Navajos stated and considered what occurred, and the way they analyzed the movies in a cultural context. the flicks, nonetheless to be had for lease, are defined intimately and illustrated with nonetheless images. Richard Chalfen, a learn assistant at the unique venture in 1966, has up-to-date the e-book with an intensive dialogue of the significance of the Navajo venture and a severe evaluation of the reactions to it.
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Extra resources for Through Navajo Eyes: An Exploration in Film Communication and Anthropology
In the chapters devoted to our analysis of the results of the study we will show that in certain cases specific patterns emerged despite what we said in our instructions to the Navajo. In some cases, although our code of filming and filmmaking was so strong that we at first unconsciously urged it upon the Navajo, they would not accept it and developed their own ways. In other cases they developed ways of filming and filmmaking that we never thought of and couldn’t possibly have taught. We also participated in the process we studied, which added to the complexities of sorting out influences upon the process of filmmaking.
What processes in human beings allow them to communicate visually? What happens when the filmmaker and the viewer do not share the same culture? Are there things we can understand in pictures or film no matter how different our cultures happen to be? Can we compare the structure of visual events such as paintings or photographs to structures of verbal events such as words and languages? Can we learn something about how we know our world by studying how we know things that others communicate to us visually?
At this time there was another very important development on the Navajo reservation-the beginnings of tribal government. Before 1920 the Navajo had no political unity as a tribe. T h e people had been organized into local bands, each with its own leaders, but there was no overall tribal identity. In the 1920s a tribal council was established and by the end of the thirties it began to have recognized authority, even though during those years many of the Navajo thought of the council as a rubber stamp for Washington.