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The Spirit of Aloha and Meaningful Knowledge

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By: Kate Pourshariati

In which members of the Penn Hawai’i Club tour the archives, make plans for speaking in the fall for Second Sunday Culture Films, and later visit with Oceanian Section Keeper Adria Katz. In early June two students from the Penn Hawai’i Club visited with Adria Katz, Keeper of the Oceanian Collections, to view the Hawai’ian […]

Is Elvis in the building?


By: Kate Pourshariati

In honor of the important national holiday today we highlight an ancient artifact [reel to reel tape!] from our audio-visual collections… “Plot synopsis: Archaeologists in the year 7956 explore the abandoned ruins of the long-dead civilization of North America, and attempt to decipher the meanings of its strange artifacts. Based on a short story, [by […]

Films of Sitio Conte as a primary source material

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By: Kate Pourshariati

The Beneath the Surface exhibit has positioned the film records of the expedition to Sitio Conte prominently within the exhibit. We asked Clark Erickson, the lead curator of the exhibit, what the films mean to him as primary source materials in the history of archaeology, and especially of this site. The video advances my agenda […]

Ecuador, Audiovisual Heritage, and Watson Kintner shines again.

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By: Kate Pourshariati

Watson Kintner’s 1940s films have deep significance for people in Ecuador

Borneo Odyssey – a “Live from the Archives” performance


By: Kate Pourshariati

A visual artist born in Thailand makes use of primary source materials in the Archives in performance art.

To Hold in the Heart & Live from the Archives!

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By: Kate Pourshariati

A filmmaker documents her mother’s flight from Laos, archival film from Museum collections help to tell the story.

Mr. Kintner meets TedX


By: Kate Pourshariati

Recently the Archives department had a request for footage of Morocco, which turned out to be for a film about current day and historic use of water in Rabat. Once again Watson Kintner’s beautiful Kodachrome footage (1951, etc.) has had another outing in the world, this time returned to Rabat where the filmmaker has presented […]

Navajo Film Themselves/Through Navajo Eyes at Penn Museum

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By: Kate Pourshariati

This summer (2012) an intern from Kenyon College, Melanie Shelton, spent over 320 hours doing research in the Sol Worth papers at University of Pennsylvania. During this time, she constructed a website based on manuscripts from the Navajo Film Themselves/Through Navajo Eyes project. The original project took place in 1966 in Pine Springs, Arizona and […]

Films Shared Back

By: Kate Pourshariati

Back in the 1980s when video cameras became ubiquitous they slowly made their way around the world, and we started to get videos from indigenous communities in Brazil, such as the  Videos in the Villages collective, and productions from native Alaskan people such as KYUK tv. It is an eye opener for audiences to see […]

Retro Mashup International

By: Kate Pourshariati

Live from the Archives! Film series is announced, with its inaugural screening on March 15th, 2012.

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