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In Search of the Hamat’Sa: A Tale of Headhunting

Synopsis
Produced in the Program for Culture and Media at New York University, The Hamat’sa (or "Cannibal Dance") is the most important and widely known ceremony of the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) people of British Columbia. This film traces the history of anthropological depictions of the dance and, through the return of archival materials to a First Nations community, presents some of the ways in which diverse attitudes toward this history inform current performances of the Hamat’sa. With a secondary focus on the filmmaker’s fieldwork experience, the film also attends specifically to the ethics of ethnographic representation and to the renegotiation of relationships between anthropologists and their research subjects.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2006
Year of production
2004
Subjects
Anthropology; Dance
Keywords
British Columbia; ceremonies; ethnography; Indians of North & South America; dance - ceremonial

Credits

Director
Aaron Glass

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£50.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
33 minutes
Year
2006

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£50.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
33 minutes
Year
2006

Production Company

Name

New York University, Program for Culture and Media

Distributor

Name

Royal Anthropological Institute

Contact
Susanne Hammacher (Film Officer)
Email
film@therai.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7387 0455
Fax
020 7388 8817
Address
50 Fitzroy Street
London
W1T 5BT
Notes
The Institute sells more than 250 anthropology and ethnology titles on video and DVD, including some produced by students and staff of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. There is also a large library of internationally produced film and video productions from which items may be borrowed within the UK.

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