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The Battak of Sumatra
Description: A Pathé Science Series documentary by Harvard University Dept. of Anthropology from the Peoples and Cultures of the World Series about the Batak peoples of Sumatra.
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Clip #: TFA-275A
Length: 13:36
Year: 1929
Color: B/W
Sound: Silent
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1920s
Region: Central Asia
Country: Sumatra
Subject: Native Life
Original: 16mm
Keywords:
1920s, Sumatra, Indonesia, Battak people, Batak, coastline, map pointing to Battak Country, valley of northwestern highlands, villages, stilt houses, children, women carrying babies on their backs, smiling men, smiling man with blackened teeth, women wearing silver ear ornaments and jewelry, Karo people, men and women using long poles in unison to prepare ground for “dry rice” planting, woman chewing betel nut, women pounding grain into flour at rice mill, women weaving on looms, men and women dancing in opposite lines to music of fifes, drums, and gongs, traditional Batak dancing, female dancers wearing tightly wrapped garments and silver ornaments, smoking volcanos

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