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Department of Anthropology (University of California, Irvine) films



This subcollection consists of 3 motion pictures from the University of California, Irvine, Department of Anthropology documenting the construction and use of a canoe by a craftsman named Uliulileave from Satalo, Samoa, as well as the work of a master Yucatec Maya potter named Alfredo Tzum. Included is footage of the process of construction of a Samoan canoe (or va'a), as well as fishing from and racing the finished canoe in and around Balboa Island and the Newport Back Bay area. The motion picture "Ollero Yucateco" was filmed and produced in 1965 by the University of Illinois, and depicts pottery and kiln techniques. A review of the film from 1966 indicates that the film was made in the basement of a University of Illinois building. Three of the reels were reformatted into digital files in May 2012 for an exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center at UC Irvine entitled "Learning by Doing at the Farm," curated by doctoral students Robbie Kett (anthropology) and Anna Kryczka (visual studies).