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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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Uncredited cast:
Hair Coat Hair Coat ... Self (uncredited)
Parts His Hair Parts His Hair ... Self (uncredited)
Last Horse Last Horse ... Self (uncredited)
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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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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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Not as interesting or renewing as "Sioux Ghost Dance".
17 March 2010 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This Edison short got filmed on the same day as "Sioux Ghost Dance", though I have the feeling that that short was the more interesting one. Not just because it was the first (or was it? Guess we can only assume so) but also because of the way how the scene got set up.

Thing I didn't liked too much about this short was that it cut right in into the action and the natives are right in the middle of their dance already when the camera gets switched on. The Indians in it also seem to be very aware of the camera, as they are constantly looking up, right into it. The whole movie just because of that doesn't feel very natural or interesting.

They again used some real native, that were part of the Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. Unlike "Sioux Ghost Dance", the names of the performers are actually known by their native names Last Horse, Parts His Hair and Hair Coat. Guess all the cool names already were taken when they were born.

Not that interesting and also not as renewing or well set up, especially when you compare it to "Sioux Ghost Dance".

5/10

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

24 September 1894 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buffalo indiánok tánca See more »

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1.33 : 1
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