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Franz Boas [electronic resource]: The Shackles of Tradition

CTE (Carlton) Limited
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Franz Boas was the first distinguished social scientist in the United States to challenge the prevailing concept of racial inferiority. He actively campaigned on behalf of black people in America in the early part of the 20th century. Considered the founding father of American anthropology, Boas taught at Columbia University for fifty years, encouraging his students to follow his example by actually working in the field. Among those who did so was Margaret Mead.
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52 min.
6 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 02, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Shackles of Tradition
Strangers Abroad
Strangers abroad
  • Introduction to Franz Boas (3:36)
  • Pioneering Study of Eskimo Culture (2:09)
  • Observations of Eskimo Life (3:13)
  • Hunting as an Eskimo (3:37)
  • Environment Does not Determine Culture (2:55)
  • Traditional Eskimo Life (2:28)
  • World's Colombian Exposition 1893 (1:32)
  • Preservation of Culture (3:19)
  • Preservation of Indian Life (2:42)
  • Cultural Artifacts in Context (2:44)
  • Photographer of American Indians (1:32)
  • Native American Potlatch (2:29)
  • Traditional Way of Life (2:54)
  • Symbol of Status and Identity (3:13)
  • Transmission of Cultural Identity (3:25)
  • Ellis Island (2:05)
  • Racial Inferiority (1:45)
  • New Views on Race (2:17)
  • Father of American Anthropology (3:42)
  • Credits: Franz Boas: The Shackles of Tradition (1:12)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c1985
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  • 2540s Films Media Group
  • 2542 Films Media Group
1streaming video file (52 min.) : d., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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