Description: UMSL has access to Ethnographic Video Online (Volume I). It contains 1,088 videos and 743 hours of classic and contemporary documentaries produced by leading video producers in the discipline; previously unpublished footage from working anthropologists and ethnographers in the field; and select feature films. Select feature titles in the collection include interviews with classic filmmakers as well as retrospective considerations of their work, plus films that address practical and philosophical questions about the discipline.
The collection includes footage from every continent and hundreds of unique cultures, and especially covers the developing world; it will also include indigenous media, from early experiments, to works from modern-day indigenous film production companies and other projects.
Thematic areas include: language and culture; kinesthetics; body language; food and foraging; cooking; economic systems; social stratification and status; caste systems and slavery; male and female roles; kinship and families; political organization; conflict and conflict resolution; religion and magic; music and the arts; culture and personality; and sex, gender, and family roles. It is Semantically Indexed to enable cross-cultural comparisons, such as kinship ceremonies or gender roles. Researchers can identify and compare footage by theme, cultural group, geographic location, date of filming, filmmaker, type of behavior, and much more.
Functionality for scholarship and classroom use include:
- Synchronized, searchable transcripts run alongside each video.
- Visual tables of contents let you quickly scan each video.
- Permanent URLs let users cite and share video.
- An embeddable video player lets libraries and instructors deliver video content to other users on secure Web site pages or via course management systems.
- Playlist functionality lets users create, annotate, and organize clips and include links to other content.
- Supplemental full-text resources, including filmmaker biographies, related articles, course and discussion guides.
- Permissions for in-class, on-campus, and remote-access viewing are all included in the terms of the subscription.