• Short Summary

    Item showing how the state of Arizona is helping the Navaho Indians re-establish themselves.

  • Description

    Titles read: "THE LAST REFUGE - A TALE OF THE NAVAJO".

    Navajo Desert, Arizona, United States of America.

    Various good shots show life for American-Indians of the Navajo tribe. Scenic shots of the rocky and barren countryside; American-Indians with bare chests act out horse herding as it would have been 100 years previously. We then see Indians of the same tribe in the present day (1940), herding sheep. We see a typical Navajo dwelling, decorated inside with traditional woven blankets. Women sitting outside the hut weave blankets; a man sits polishing some hand-crafted jewellery.

    At technical colleges we see Navajo Indian women working at crafts "they can follow profitably when they finish their training" - weaving and embroidery. Young men are instructed in metalwork and woodwork, that "will make them useful members of the community".

    Children are taken to an elementary school in a rural area by their parents. While the children learn to read and write (Navajo has no written language), their mothers use sewing machines and their fathers have haircuts and mend their boots. Several shots of a maternity ward in a hospital; babies in cots.

    In the desert we see sheep grazing on what little grass is there. Scrawny horses are herded along and into enclosures. Men work to construct reservoirs to irrigate the land to bring it back to fertility and make it suitable for farming. Farmers plough land. Sheep graze on grassy land. Commentator talks of the Indians' plight and of how the State is coming to their aid.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1208.05
    Media URN:
    15739
    Group:
    Pathetones
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    09/09/1940
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:05:31:00 / 01:09:32:00
    Canister:
    PT 545

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