News for Wednesday, September 14, 2016

SAR and State Archives of NM Celebrate Life in 1920s New Mexico with an Evening of Silent Films

Still from Still from "Santa Fe Fiesta"W.W. Howells “Santa Fe Fiesta”, 1929, SN 11582, Historical Film Collection at the State Archives of New MexicoStill from "Santa Fe Fiesta"W.W. Howells “Santa Fe Fiesta”, 1929, SN 11582, Historical Film Collection at the State Archives of New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM – The School for Advanced Research (SAR) and the State Archives of New Mexico (SANM), 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 The Screen at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design at 6 p.m., Thursday, October 6, 2016. The screening is free, open to the public and includes a discussion.

W.W. Howells’ Home Movies show life at El Delirio, the Garcia Street compound of his aunts’ Martha Root and Amelia Elizabeth White, who donated the property to SAR 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. His son Dean Howells will attend the screening.

Also shown are the ruins of Pecos Pueblo, Bandelier National Monument, and Taos Pueblo. The second Howells 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.

Still from Still from "Pueblo Indian Pottery"SAR “Pueblo Indian Pottery Making” c. 1924, SN 11584, Historical Film Collection at the State Archives of New Mexico, featuring Julian and Maria Martinez from San Ildefonso PuebloStill from "Pueblo Indian Pottery"SAR “Pueblo Indian Pottery Making” c. 1924, SN 11584, Historical Film Collection at the State Archives of New Mexico, featuring Julian and Maria Martinez from San Ildefonso PuebloNancy Owen Lewis, PhD, Scholar-In-Residence and former director of the 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 Julian and Maria Martinez from 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. The W.W. Howells films are preserved with a 2015 National Film Preservation Foundation Preservation Grant to the State Archives.

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