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Buffalo Dance (1894)

Three Sioux Indians perform a 'buffalo dance', while two others use drums to supply a rhythm. The three dancers move around in a circle as they perform the various actions that are part of the dance.

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William K.L. Dickson (uncredited)
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A group of Sioux Indians from Buffalo Bill's Wild West exhibition demonstrates a dance called a "ghost dance".

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise
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Uncredited cast:
Hair Coat Hair Coat ... Himself (uncredited)
Parts His Hair Parts His Hair ... Himself (uncredited)
Last Horse Last Horse ... Himself (uncredited)
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Storyline

Two drummers are seated near the back edge of a small wooden stage behind three warriors in full costumes. As the musicians play and chant, the three men dance, always moving their feet, in a counterclockwise circle. They often look at the camera, seeming to seek the spotlight. The each wear feathers in their headband and two wear decorative tails. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Documentary | Short

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

24 September 1894 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buffalo indiánok tánca See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of the films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives (2004)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film is preserved by the Library of Congress (the Gordon Hendricks collection), has a running time of 16 seconds and an added piano score. See more »

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A slice of American History
25 February 2003 | by PeterJordanSee all my reviews

Another clip from the shots taken on September 24th 1894 in Edison's Black Maria studio with William Heise behind the camera. This 15 second (20 fps) clip features the three named Native American dancers (from Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show) plus three drummers. It is interesting to note that the three dancers are particulary aware of the camera and appear to act to it on occasion, although this may be merely a feature of the Buffalo dance itself or quite possibly under receipt of direction from Movies first ever acting coach/director behind the camera.


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