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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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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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Trivia

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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Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) See more »

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This brief Buffalo Dance from the kinetoscope of Edison was a fascinating find on Internet Archive
18 August 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Well, here's another early film from The Edison Company that depicts something that was popular during that time. In this case, it's the "Buffalo Dance" as we see three American Indians dancing in the Black Maria studio seemingly conscious of being on camera the whole time while two other of their tribe are playing instruments-drums-as accompaniment. They're all from "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show", the one chronicled in Irving Berlin's Broadway show and movie Annie Get Your Gun where Annie Oakley and Frank Butler fight and fall in love. Since this is only a few seconds, my rating is mainly based on how fascinating a document this was and how audiences might have reacted when they watched this on their kinetoscopes-those peepshow machines that you twirl on one side that are probably still available for viewing at Walt Disney World for a penny. I just found this on Internet Archive. Probably the earliest thing I've reviewed here on IMDb.


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