Revised list of high-class original motion picture films (1908)

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DANCES. ments, as they execute a wild and jerky dance which has the cannibalistic touch in every step. S. F. 709. FIJIAN WAR DANCE OB MERE Price, $6.60. Approximate Length, 55 feet. About two hundred warriors, armed with ponderous war clubs and dressed in the traditional costumes of their forefathers, go through a swift drill or dance, executing some intricate and elabo- rate foot movements and bringing fans and war clubs into sur- prising climaxes. S. F. 533. INDIAN HIDEOUS DANCE. Price, $6.00. Approximate Length, 50 feet. Large body of Indians dressed in most hideous costumes im- aginable hold dance in the middle of Main street in Sheridan. Government officers prohibited this dance on prairie and insisted that it be held where enough people would be on hand to quell any disturbance. An amusing feature is the fact that the usual crop of Indian dogs is present and some canines—half coyote— get very prominently into the picture. The Indians say this dance is their idea of the kind of fun the Great Spirit enjoys and they imagine he is sitting on his throne of gold laughing very heartily at the antics of the red children down below. S. F. 539. UTE INDIAN SNAKE DANCE. Price, $7.20. Approximate Length, 60 feet. Never before have the Utes permitted a photographer around their tepees when they gave their snake dance. This weird rite is performed every fall after the harvest has been good, and its meaning is a tribute to the snakes who are supposed to bring plenty of rain next season. To omit paying homage to the rep- tiles is to invite a season of shortage of water and crop failures and famine for the Utes. The camera was placed where the en- tire dance could be seen. It is a most wonderful specimen of photography aside from its interesting subject. When the dance opened the Indians had their snakes in their hands, waving them aloft and turning them with a certain dexterity that always enabled them to dodge the fangs of the enraged reptiles. Just as the slimy head darted to sink the fangs into his cheek the Indian reached up and grabbed the snake behind the head and avoided danger. Some of the Indians drop their reptiles on the ground and tease them with feathers to get them to strike. Others twist them up in the air and in other ways tried to annoy the reptiles. Every move- ment of snakes and Indians can plainly be seen and all the horrible details of the dance are shown in full and wonderful precision. From an ethnological standpoint alone this film is of extreme in- terest to scientific circles, and as long as researches are made into Indian lore and customs it will stand as an authority on the sub- ject. MISCELLANEOUS. S. F. 409. THE ICE BREAKER. Price, $4.80. Approximate Length, 40 feet. This is a fine picture of the government tug Morford breaking through the ice floes of the Kooteni river, near the government headquarters at Sitka, Alaska. This picture was taken at the time that the revenue cutter Dupont was crushed and lost. This is 249