Watson Kintner (1890-1979) was a Chemical Engineer with the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), where he was an early pioneer in the standardization of the vacuum tube. Over a period of 36 years he traveled to more than 30 individual countries, beginning in 1933. This subset of his travel films is from Ecuador.
Reel 9 of 10
Santo Domingo de los Colorados Indian Village (10 miles north of Santo Domingo)
1949: Reel 9: Ecuador: July 13-15. Quito. Santo Domingo de los Colorados,
Colorado (Tsáchila) Indian village 10 miles N. of Santo Domingo.
Hand-tools at market.
Two trucks passing on narrow road, en route to Santo Domingo..
Shoveling away landslide on road. (Arumba)
Delay for several hours causing lineup of trucks.
In Santo Domingo.
Pentagonal building on square. [1 perf. frame]
Street and market.
People in public square.
Colorado Indian with red cape in center.
Two more Colorados touring the town. [mws shows clothing detail)
Hair plastered to give a stiff umbrella-like shape, protecting eyes.
Local man at market.
Juviro [?} Indian holding cane with women.
Loading horses for trip to jungle to visit Colorado village.
Carved wooden saddle.
Colorado with yellow cape coming out of jungle. [Colorado Indian]
Mr. Kintner on horseback.
Muddy jungle trail.
Thatched homes and rainbow sunset.
Supper at balsa wood table.
Colorado women and children, [note: tooth coloration]
Thatched roof shed used as chicken coop.
Shed for tools.
Boys smoking cigarettes.
Mr. Robinson was a good guide.
Women feeding pig.
Indian working on canoe.
Boy trying to sell me "rubbers".
Woman and boy shucking achioti seeds.
Reel 10 of 10
Colorados Indian Village
1949: Reel 10: Ecuador / June 26-27. Colorado (Tsáchila) Indian village. Santo Domingo. Quito
Achiote tree (yellow clusters).
Colorado Indian drying cacao on platform, [l cu, 2mws]
Achiote seed "bun", red seeds in wood bowl.
Girl coloring hands and forehead with an achiote.
Guide making paper with achiote seeds.
Indian family group, [cu]
Eating by hand out of bowl.
Colorados playing a xylophone. [2mws-l front, 1 side]
Lifting balsa bench.
Crude sugarcane mill, spiral groove on rollers.
Girl carrying water inside gourd.
Sharpening machete on stone.
Chief of village; saying good-bye to chief, [mws and cu]
(Santo Domingo) Thatched roof building. [3 shots]
Insect, possibly grasshopper.
White building with yellow sign: "Botica" is hotel.
Homes in Sento.
Ox carrying load.
Boy playing panpipes made from bamboo, [good cu]
Flowers and butter flies.
Waiting to pass on road.
Gorge and valley: Quito.
Hill and church spires.
Reel 2 of 10
Monument on side of hill.
Women carrying load of laundry.
Washed-out culvert on side of road.
Paintings on side walls on house, [mws]
Woman carrying two large empty drums on back near public square in Quito.
Shaving ice--note: woolen garments.
Crabs tied together
Unloading freight car by hand.
Woman with chickens in bag.
On way to Otavalo; erosion of mountains.
Fair at Otavalo, 35 miles NE of Quito.
Close-up of Indian women.
Festival dancing at Otavalo fair.
Otavalo man with blackened face drinking liquor
Women with stiff felt hats and rings on all fingers.
Playing a kind of bowling game; note: pig tails on men.
Carrying wood for fuel.
Market scene in Otavalo.
Reel 8 of 10
1949: Reel 8: Ecuador: July 13-15. Banos. Riobamba. Quito.
Mountain near Banos.
Cultivation on steep hills, but no terrace farming.
Thatched roof hut with vegetation growing on roof.
Yoke of oxen plowing field.
Carved wood door of church, [cu]
Cockfight pit with hexagonal roof.
Cockfight in pit.
Old man with probably homemade guitar, [mws]
Women washing clothes at stream with baby on back.
Public laundry at Banos.
Swift mountain stream and water falls, [good cu]
Part of riverbank undermined by water.
Waterfall and mountain.
Working on road.
Traveling over muddy road.
People carving gourds. [cu]
Gorge with stream at bottom.
Rock erosion along gorge.
Farming in valley.
Two Quechua women spinning along roadside, [ws]
Train in deep cut.
Loaded donkey on way to market.
Sheep carried to market on back of woman.
Pile of wool.
Giant pottery jar.
Thatched hut and man with sheepskin pants.[mws]
Valley and mountains.
Reel 5 of 10
9/0:00 White house with bougainvillea.
6/0:09 Apartment house.
7/0:21 Vultures on knoll.
6/0:28 Row of houses.
2 3/0:34 On boat going up Guayas River.
16/0:57 Watching ocean-going banana boat.
8/1:13 Rice in boat.
27/1:21 Huts on rafts.
14/1:48 Loading balsawood on shoulder.
11/2:02 River scenes.
4/2:13 Root system of large tree exposed by erosion.
5/2:12 People sleeping on raft
4/2:22 Hut on bank being undermined.
5/2:26 Fishnet in prow of boat.
32/2:31 Loaded barges.
42/3:31 Rafts and sweeps.
8/4:13 Rice mill.
82/4:21 Cacao on streets of Guayaquil and market, [some good cuj
4/5:43 Fuller brush man.
7/6:10 On railroad going up to Riobamba-- scenes.
118/6:32 Selling food to passengers.
2/8:30 Switchback and narrow gauge, looking down on station; just passeo; railroad track along river bed.
11/8:32 Thatched hut.
5/8:43 Man in serape.
38/8:48 Sheepskin parts on cowboys.
13/9:26 Woman spinning.
27/9:59 Soft drink.
4/10:26 Painting on walls.
14/10:3 Load on back.
8/11:12 Sculptured shrubbery.
Views from airplane on way to Quito from Balboa; mountain village.
Quito house; steep mountain in background.
Homes of well-to-do.
Man with brooms and brushes, [walking down sidewalk]
Scenes in Quito, tile roofs.
Main cathedral and public square.
Spiral stairway to roof.
Woman carrying lumber.
Meat and bananas for sale. [mws]
Close-ups of Indians. [6cu]
Many locks on same door.
Market and people.
RCA Victor sign.
Spanish window on corner of building.
Workers carrying heavy lumber.
View of Quito from high spot.
Scenes outside of Quito.
Group along road to Ambato.
Sheep in road.
Large thatched hut.
Cooking: large stirring sticks. [cu of food]
Houses on hill.
Large wood bowls.
Crockery: tied up for transportation.
Quechua woman spinning wool.
Soft drink bar.
Cooking and eating.
Using toes and hands to make rope.
Looking down on market from high point.
Use of wicker containers as means of measurement.
Loading pigs in trucks.
Llama on way to Banos.
Very deep and narrow gorge; running water at bottom.
Water falls in very narrow gorge.
1949 #6 Ecuador, Reel 6 of 10
Railway trip from Guayaquil to Riobamba and Guano
1949: Ecuador: Reel 6/ End of railway trip from Guayaquil to Riobamba and Guano.
Cowboy in sheepskin pants.
Shop inside wall.
Pile of wool.
Stiff hard felt hats.
Several restaurants on street.
Dish washing. [1 woman, mws]
Riding donkey on extreme rear section.
Characteristic rapid gliding pose of people.
Boy eating sugarcane.
Large restaurant with long table.
Other market scenes.
Woman spinning on roadside.
Close-up of cacti flowers.
Snow-covered mountain base.
Weavings on vertical loom.
Girl doing laundry, standing in stream using "bang-bang" method.
Weaving, [boy and girl]
Snow-covered mountains: Chimborazo, Tingurahua, and Alter.
Sheep on road.
1949: Reel 4: Ecuador : July 5-6. (1949) Watson Kintner
Reel 4 of 10
Boat on Guayas River in Guayaquil. Unloading boats, boathouses and rafts.
Washing feet on raft. [mws of man and raft]
Shore and river scene.
Family in canoe.
Market and general scenes around Guayaquil.
Hut on raft.
Sails on canoes. [ws]
Cooking on deck.
Wheel of fortune, [cu of men and wheel]
Scenes in Guayaquil.
River views from high point. [8:30-perf. ]
Cacao on sidewalk being turned over by feet.[ws of men stomping the beans]
Raking cacao beans for drying.
City from high point.
Plane ride from Quito to Guayaquil. Otalavo.
Market place at Otalavo; note: characteristic black serapes.
Wool for sale.
Stoves and kitchen tables on display.
Donkeys bringing in corn stalks.
Another large market place.
Washing laundry in stream.
Indians in festive carnival costumes.[4:35-cu of festival piper]
Bullfight in which only capes and coats are used.
Festival group in costume.
Scenes in Quito near public square.
Fluted, spiral columns at entrance of church.
Gold statue in hall or vestibule of church.
People coming out of church.
Old painting in open corridor of monastery, [mws of 2 monks]
Decorative or ceremonial candles.
Public square, [band playing]
Narrow street. Church.
On plane to Guayaquil.