1. Chris Gosden, "Being English"


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    Dr. Chris Gosden, Professor of European Archaeology at the Oxford institute of Archaeology, discusses "Being English: An Exploration of Identity Through the Collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford," as part of the Indigenous Arts in Transition Seminar series at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. For more information on the 10th Anniversary Seminar Season at the Bard Graduate Center, visit http://www.bgc.bard.edu/

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    • Extreme Bookbinding: Preservation in Ethiopia


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      A Friends of the Pitt Rivers illustrated talk by Lester Capon, a bookbinder and manuscript conservator. Lester discusses his adventurous projects, supported by the Ethiopian Heritage Fund, to repair centuries-old gospels and processional fans housed in Ethiopia’s mountain monasteries and churches.

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      • David Attenborough on the Pitt Rivers Museum - Taking the Past into the Future


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        A while ago, for the first audio tour of the Museum galleries, Sir David Attenborough was recorded in conversation with Museum curators as they wandered through the displays. This illustrated film offers edited highlights of this very informal exchange of knowledge and enthusiasm for the collections.

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        • Auguste François: Yunnan, China


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          Auguste François (1857-1935) was French Consul in southern China between 1896 and 1904, first in Guangxi province, then in Yunnan. He undertook several exploration trips throughout southern China, following the course of major rivers like the Yangtse from Yunnan to Shanghai. He also visited eastern Tibet. François became famous for an episode during the ‘Boxer Rebellion’ in 1900. His consulate at Yunnan-Fu (today Kunming) was under siege, and he had given missionaries refuge there as well. He managed to hold out for more than a month, then he guided 20 people to safety to Tonkin, where they arrived after a 12-day march. François’ name is also associated with the railway line from Vietnam to Kunming, since he was in charge of the negotiations for the concession. He was a keen photographer, and took photographic and cine film cameras with him on his expeditions. The film in the Pitt Rivers collection was taken in Yunnan between 1902 and 1904, and it is probably the earliest film taken in China. Accession Number: 1976.4.1

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          • Frederick Spencer Chapman: Northern Lights Part 1


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            These films were made during the British Arctic Air Route Expedition, 1930-1931. At the time there were plans to establish an air route linking Europe with North America via Iceland, Greenland and Baffin Island. The expedition was meant to survey the least known part of this route, the east coast and the central plateau of Greenland. The expedition party sailed at the beginning of July in the ‘Quest’. The first stop was the Faroe Islands, where they took on the dogs which were to pull the sledges. A second stop was made in Reykjavik. The ship arrived on the 24th of July in Angmagssalik on the east coast of Greenland. A base camp was established 30 miles away. From there they undertook mapping excursions. Part of the expedition team departed to find a route to the Ice Cap, which they were marking with flags for other parties to follow. Eventually they established a station at the Ice Cap c. 150 miles inland, and small teams took turns in manning it. Other journeys took parts of the team north along the coast in the ‘Quest’, to several native settlements and to Ivigtut on the west coast. Frederick Spencer Chapman was charged with surveying work and also made observations of the wildlife. He had brought a film camera with him, and this is the footage he took. It shows scenes of the journey, the dogs, the camps and the activities of the expedition team. He also filmed the local people. The footage was edited into a 2-part film entitled ‘Northern Lights’. This is also the title of the book Spencer Chapman wrote about the expedition. There was second expedition to Greenland in 1932-1933 with a smaller team of which Spencer Chapman was part again. They arrived in Angmagssalik on 2nd August 1932, but sailed northwards shortly afterwards to establish a base on Lake Fjord. During this expedition one of the team members, Gino Watkins, had an accident while out in his kayak and drowned. The end of the film shows a cross erected in his memory. Accession Number: 2014.6.7

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            • Rough Music: feat. Dead Rat Orchestra. Full Concert


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              // Rough Music. 29th March 2014. Ovada Warehouse, Oxford. FULL CONCERT: watch a short edit here: vimeo.com/104009892 Under Sound and Music’s Composer in Residence programme, Nathaniel Mann has spent 18 months Embedded at the Pitt Rivers Museum and OCM. His residence finale “Rough Music”, features the world premiere of music for custom made tuned meat cleavers and takes place at OVADA’s warehouse space as part of Audiograft 2014 festival. nathanielmann.co.uk deadratorchestra.co.uk

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              • Rough Music feat. Dead Rat Orchestra. Full Concert


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                // Rough Music. 29th March 2014. Ovada Warehouse, Oxford. FULL CONCERT: watch a short edit here: vimeo.com/102118929 Under Sound and Music’s Composer in Residence programme, Nathaniel Mann has spent 18 months Embedded at the Pitt Rivers Museum and OCM. His residence finale “Rough Music”, features the world premiere of music for custom made tuned meat cleavers and takes place at OVADA’s warehouse space as part of Audiograft 2014 festival. nathanielmann.co.uk deadratorchestra.co.uk www.ocmevents.org www.prm.ox.ac.uk www.soundandmusic.org

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                • Culture and Crafts in Manipur, northeast India (1939) - Part 1


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                  Collection of films by Ursula Graham Bower relating to culture and crafts in Manipur, northeast India, made in 1939. Features extended sequences of weaving, brass casting and pottery, as well as dance. Accession Book Entry (1939.10.51.1–.4) - MISS U. V. GRAHAM BOWER … MANIPUR. KUKI, KABUI, TANGKHUL TRIBES. 4 reels of cinematograph film, 16 mm, silent, black-&-white. Includes KUKI spinning, weaving, brass-casting etc. TANGKHUL pottery making, wedding procession, spring festival, dancing etc. Sent at the request of Professor Hutton. Bower’s film section notes: 00:00 ‘Coolies on the march’ 01:00 ‘Kambiron learns to knit’ 02:00 ‘Kambiron dance’ 03:04 ‘Repairing our camp roof’ 04:33 ‘Kuki pellet bows Chongmon’ 06:14 elephants 07:36 Teaching European women a dance 08:56 ‘Tamasha in Kakadan’ 10:42 ‘Chiru musicians’ 12:18 ‘Kuki dance, Kholen Khailet’ 14:13 ‘Tangkul spring festival, Ukhrul’ 17:13 ‘Kabui weaving, Kambiron’ 21:21 ‘Kuki weaving’ 24:16 ‘Kuki weaving and spinning (Lushai border)’ 26:33 ‘Threading Kuki shuttle’ 27:10 End of Part One

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                  • A Stone Age People in New Guinea (1936-7)


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                    Film by Oxford Anthropologist Beatrice Blackwood of the Anga people (Kukukuku) of the Upper Watut, Papua New Guinea, among whom she conducted fieldwork in 1936-7. Focuses mainly on technology and material culture. PRM1938.36.1711–1713. Beatrice Blackwood’s film notes: Reel 1. Landing ground at Salaman. Planes and views from them. Arrival at OTIBANDA. Domestic scenes of KUKUKUKU life, eating, hair-dressing, making plaited armlets, net bags, etc., digging up sweet potatoes. Ends with boy swinging bull-roarer in the forest, part of initiation ceremony, the rest of which could not be filmed... Reel 2. Panorama of view from my house at ANDARORA, KUKUKUKU country. Making bark cloth. Making stone adze blade and hafting it. Making wooden club using stone adze. Making stone club head. Episodes of village life, making bows and arrows, making fire... Reel 3 (a). Brief shots of BENABENA natives, taken at SALAMAUA: cane-swallowing, making fire, making plaited arm band. (b). NEW BRITAIN, ARAWE TRIBE. Using blow-gun. Binding baby’s head. Making bark-cloth. Coastal scenery. (c). Dances by various tribes of MOROBE District at gathering held in celebration of the Coronation of King George VI, arranged by the District Officer at Salamona. Arrival by canoe, dances, departure.

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                    • Captured by Women (2011) Part 3


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                      CAPTURED BY WOMEN is a one-hour documentary in four parts that focuses on film footage by two British women in the 1930s, in the film collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum. The original footage, by Beatrice Blackwood in Papua New Guinea and Ursula Graham Bower in Manipur, India, is also available online here. Captured by Women was produced by the anthropologist and filmmaker Dr Alison Kahn at The Oxford Academy of Documentary Film, in collaboration with the Pitt Rivers Museum, and with the help of a grant from UK Film Council via Screen South. As part of the project, Alison Kahn interviewed experts and family members relations of the filmmakers, and the film narrates the lives of the women as well as investigating their motivations in making these films. The film uses the notion of magical transformation as a part of cultural translation through film to lead the viewer from the Pitt Rivers Museum’s cabinets to the objects, photographs, and finally the original film footage.

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