The collection consists of 9 motion
picture film reels 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.
The Department of Anthropology is a department within the School of Social Sciences at the
University of California, Irvine. In the 1960s, the School of Social Sciences hosted an
experimental cultural and artistic exchange program on campus known as the Social Sciences
Farm. The program brought indigenous people from Mexico, Guatemala, and Samoa to live in
farm buildings in an underdeveloped part of campus. The Farm was described as a fieldwork
training site for students of anthropology, where indigenous experts were viewed as
informants or teachers. Social scientists at UC Irvine documented the skills and practices
of the informants through photography and motion pictures.
6.2 Linear Feet
(9 reels in 5 canisters)
Property rights reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or
to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
The collection is open for research.