Indian Life (1918)

Documentary | 1918

Director:

Paul Powell

Production Company:

Northwestern Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The Northwestern Film Corp. was located in Sheridan, WY. John E. Maple, the general manager of the company, obtained a special permit from the U.S. Department of the Interior to film on the Crow, Cheyenne and Pine Ridge reservations. Maple assembled a technical staff in Los Angeles, and had a laboratory built in Sheridan, but the company had no studio. Maple, who was adopted as a member of the Crow tribe, brought six reels of film to New York and arranged several private showings around the time of Apr 1918. In addition to four reels of documentary footage, Maple exhibited a two reel dramatic story, which was also copyrighted under the title Indian Life . MPW suggested that each reel of the documentary footage might be exhibited separately. No information has been located concerning the release of this film. but evidence indicates that it was released in 1918. The Community Motion Picture Bureau viewed the film on 12 Jun 1918. One modern source speculates that certain shots from the film were used in Maple's 1920 feature Before the White Man Came (see ... More Less

The Northwestern Film Corp. was located in Sheridan, WY. John E. Maple, the general manager of the company, obtained a special permit from the U.S. Department of the Interior to film on the Crow, Cheyenne and Pine Ridge reservations. Maple assembled a technical staff in Los Angeles, and had a laboratory built in Sheridan, but the company had no studio. Maple, who was adopted as a member of the Crow tribe, brought six reels of film to New York and arranged several private showings around the time of Apr 1918. In addition to four reels of documentary footage, Maple exhibited a two reel dramatic story, which was also copyrighted under the title Indian Life . MPW suggested that each reel of the documentary footage might be exhibited separately. No information has been located concerning the release of this film. but evidence indicates that it was released in 1918. The Community Motion Picture Bureau viewed the film on 12 Jun 1918. One modern source speculates that certain shots from the film were used in Maple's 1920 feature Before the White Man Came (see above). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPW
20 Apr 18
p. 370.
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
MUSIC
Mus accompaniment
DETAILS
Release Date:
1918
Copyright Claimant:
Northwestern Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 April 1918
Copyright Number:
MP1207
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Contemporary Indian life on the Crow, Cheyenne and Pine Ridge reservations in Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota is depicted. Indian farmers and ranchers are shown at work and play. In addition, Indian traditonal customs, the home life of the Indians, an Indian fair and an Indian vaudeville show are ... +


Contemporary Indian life on the Crow, Cheyenne and Pine Ridge reservations in Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota is depicted. Indian farmers and ranchers are shown at work and play. In addition, Indian traditonal customs, the home life of the Indians, an Indian fair and an Indian vaudeville show are presented. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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