SANTA FE ― The School for Advanced Research (SAR) and the State Archives of New Mexico, a Division of the State Commission of Public Records, celebrate Archives Month with an evening of silent films from 1920s New Mexico.
The event takes place at 6 p.m., Thursday, October 6, The Screen at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. The screening is free, open to the public and includes a discussion.
W.W. Howells’ Home Movies show daily life at his aunts’ Amelia White and Martha Root White’s Garcia Street compound, then called El Delirio. W.W. Howells donated the property to the School for American Research upon Amelia White’s death. Howells, who later became a renowned physical anthropologist, shot the films in 1929 when he was just 20 years old. Special guest Dean Howells, son of W.W. Howells, will attend to add historical commentary.
Also part of the screening, are scenes of the ruins of Pecos Pueblo, Bandelier National Monument, and Taos Pueblo. The second reel, Santa Fe Fiesta, includes scenes of the Fiesta Parade, and rare footage of the traditional stickball game of Pu-nam-be, played by women from Tesuque and San Ildefonso pueblos as part of the Indian Fair program that year.
Nancy Owen Lewis PhD, Scholar-In-Residence and former Director of Scholar Programs at SAR will provide commentary and historical context throughout the program, which will also include two short films produced by SAR in the early 1920s, A Pueblo Indian Village, and Pueblo Indian Pottery Making which features Maria and Julian Martinez of San Ildefonso Pueblo.
Archives Month, celebrated in October, shines a light on the significance of regional historical collections and the need for their continued care and preservation. These films are preserved with a 2015 National Film Preservation Foundation Preservation Grant to the State Archives.
About the School for Advanced Research (SAR)
The School for Advanced Research has supported innovative social science research and Native American artistic creativity for more than a century. Since we began offering fellowships in 1972, we have funded the work of more than 350 SAR scholars and artists, among whose ranks are six MacArthur Fellows and eighteen Guggenheim Fellows. Please join us in Santa Fe for insightful lectures or a tour of the School’s historic campus. You can also follow the work of our resident scholars and Native American artists on our website, www.sarsf.org, Facebook and Twitter.