Saturday, February 28, 2015

‘In the Land of the Head Hunters,’ a Recreated Artifact of Ancient Ways

By J. Hoberman

“In the Land of the Head Hunters,” out on Blu-ray and DVD from Milestone, is the reconstruction of a reconstruction. It preserves an artifact that used a once advanced technology to document a no longer extent way of life, and was itself all but lost to history. Around 1911, Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952), the celebrated photographer of Native Americans, began preparations for a six-reel feature about the Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) Indians of British Columbia. [link]