The 50th Anniversary of Navajo Film Themselves

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Take a look back on history: The 50th Anniversary of Navajo Film Themselves, a special film program at the Penn Museum of Archaeology Saturday, June 11, 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Museum’s Rainey Auditorium

In 1966, Annenberg School for Communication Professor Sol Worth collaborated with anthropologist John Adair and Penn graduate student Richard Chalfen on a groundbreaking project for media studies and visual anthropology. By providing basic instructions and film cameras to Navajo tribe members, the researchers discovered how the native films differed from a film made by any other cultural group. Main themes of the films included weaving, life at a lake, silversmithing process, and other traditions, all important topics which define the Navajo culture. On Saturday, June 11, 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Museum’s Rainey Auditorium, the Penn Museum will host a viewing of the Navajo Film Themselves project followed by a discussion with Chalfen. Learn about the groundbreaking project, its history, and its legacy while getting a glimpse of the Navajos’ cultural memories 50 years later!

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For more information about the project, visit their website

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