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The High Plain
Description: A Julian Bryan film for the United States Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs about Bolivia in the 1940s. Records the life of the Aymara workers at the Petaca potato hacienda on the Bolivian altiplano. Scenes of fishing in Lake Titicaca; women in mourning shawls, spinning wool, weaving; children tending sheep; planting and harvesting potatoes; praying to Christian and Indian gods. The owner brings the first tractors to Petaca, plants barley, introduces firing of lime and cutting peat to improve economic production.
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Clip #: TFA-347A
Length: 19:20
Year: 1943
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1940s
Filmmaker: Julien Bryan
Region: South America
Country: Bolivia
Subject: Agriculture
Original: 16mm
1940s, Bolivia, Altiplano, high plains, village of huts with thatched roofs, stone idol statues, villages near Lake Titicaca, reed boats, women wearing black mourning shawls waiting by water for husbands to arrive from fishing, field of tall grass blowing in the wind, thatched roof huts, pack donkeys, villagers, Aymara people, children herding livestock, women spinning and softening llama / sheep wool which is woven into cloth, Petaca Hacienda, portraits of Aymara men, women and children of various ages, patrón hacienda owner, hacienda buildings and land, grazing cattle, rooftop crosses, thatched roof houses of hacienda workers, farmers, Aymara people, Indians, man making tether for oxen out of long grasses, plow made from forked branch of tree, ox-drawn plows, women using pickaxes to till soil, patrón arriving from La Paz in truck to look over the work of his land, worker kneeling down to greet patrón who pats him on the back, barrels, supplies and equipment being unloaded from truck, patrón working through barley field with supervisors, male workers removing hats and bowing to patrón, female workers harvesting quinoa stalks, patrón driving tractor pulling agricultural machine, peatland, peat being cut from swampland, kiln for lime burning, field being prepared for irrigation with water traveling through pipes, man weaving cloth on loom, man tilling soil with pickaxe in small agricultural field that he owns, hailstorm, heavy rain, man wearing poncho walking through rain, donkey and ox in field, religious festival, men wearing masks dancing, men wearing tall headdresses and costumes playing pan flutes, men drinking, worshippers praying at shrine for Pachamama / Maria Purisima, male and female workers harvesting potatoes and sorting from large pile according to size, workers returning home and herding sheep, women washing coating from quinoa seeds and making porridge, men playing quena, leader of hacienda workers standing on hill at night and announcing orders for next day’s work

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