Anthropology


New! Part 4: When you Return - The Basketweavers 45 min.

On the land in the foothills above California’s Central Valley, we join Wukchumni basket weavers, Jennifer Malone and her mother, Marie Wilcox, as they gather basket materials and weave baskets with friends and family. Along the way there are lessons to be learned about personal accomplishment, care for the earth, and cultural resilience.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

Alaskan Dinosaurs 54 min.

Wielding chainsaws to extract fossils frozen in the permafrost and flying drones to map thousands of footprints, intrepid paleontologists discover that dinosaurs thrived in the unlikeliest of places--the cold and dark of the Arctic Circle.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

My Story: Joseph Metatawabin Jr. 34 min.

Joseph Metatawabin Jr. tells the story of his life in his language, Omushkego (Swampy Cree). Translation of his interview into English is by Edmund Metatawabin, one of his first cousins. Joseph was forced to attend St. Anne’s Residential School in Fort Albany, Ontario in the early 1950s where he and other students were dehumanized and abused by priests, bishops, nuns, and workers at the school...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

New to Our Collection! Land and Water: 60 Years in the Teotihuacán Valley of Mexico 87 min.

Filmed almost 60 years apart, Land and Water and Land and Water Revisited offer a compelling ethnography of the Teotihuacán Valley in Mexico. The first film focuses on land use practices in the area just before the explosive growth and urbanization of Mexico City, while the second film revisits the communities to explore the environmental changes that have resulted from this massive urban developm...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

Land and Water Revisited 58 min.

Land and Water Revisited is an ambitious recreation of the anthropological classic Land and Water (1962). This 58-minute documentary was filmed in Mexico's Teotihuacán Valley and reframes many of the scenes in the original film to showcase environmental changes wrought by unchecked urban development and global climate change. The original film was translated into Spanish and shown to the communiti...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

Sapiens: The New Origins 90 min.

In remote Morocco, in 1960, in the archeological site of Jebel Irhoud, a remarkable find was made: remains of Homo Sapiens. Today we can date them back to 300.000 years old. A discovery that rewrites the story of Mankind’s origins, because up until now, the oldest remains found went back to 200.000 years ago! A revelation that not only stretches the timeline of Homo Sapiens’ story, but also cha...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

Sapiens: The New Origins - Part 2 45 min.

In the same way that it opened a breach in time, the discovery in Irhoud also opened one in space. We must consider the African continent of 300,000 years ago as a vast “global” territory, without the barrier represented by the Sahara. Thanks to the work of researchers in paleoclimatology, we discover times when the Sahara was “green” – in a continent that in reality is as large as the United Sta...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

Vanuatu, an Odyssey at the End of the World 53 min.

Hernin and Marcellin Abong are two Vanuatu twin brothers with very different backgrounds: one has become the “Very Great Chief” of his tribe, while the other is an ethno-archaeologist. Their culture is slowly but surely disappearing forever. To keep a record of it, they both delve into the most remote parts of Vanuatu in search of the customs and rites of their people. On foot and by canoe, thei...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

We're Still Here 57 min.

First Nation indigenous hip hop artists in Canada lead efforts to right long-standing social injustices, heal personal traumas, and preserve their cultures through the power of music. The film examines the important role that hip hop plays in transforming the lives of the musicians, their audiences, and communities. Weaving together interviews, live performances, and street demonstrations, it give...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

Polar Extremes 113 min.

Renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson takes us on an epic adventure through time at the polar extremes of our planet. Following a trail of fossils found in all the wrong places-beech trees in Antarctica, redwoods and hippo-like mammals in the Arctic-NOVA uncovers the bizarre history of the poles, from miles-thick ice sheets to warm polar forests teeming with life.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020