Oldest Native American Footage In Existence

 

Enjoy this rare and beautiful footage of native tribes of America, the First People. This video shows footage dating back to 1895, and a rare audio recording of Native American music from the same year.

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The oldest surviving footage of Native Americans is a film of members of the Sioux tribe performing the Buffalo Dance. It was filmed at Thomas Edison’s Black Maria Studio in New Jersey on September 24, 1895.

It also shows a few Native American feature films, including White Fawn’s Devotion (1910), The Invaders (1912) and Last Of The Mohicans (1920).

White Fawn’s Devotion was the first film directed by a Native American, James Young Deer.

The audio recording in the middle of the video was made in 1895 by Alice Cunningham and Francis La Flesche.¬† ‘He’dewachi’ Dance Song is traditionally played at ceremonies which celebrate the prowess of warriors.

Phil√°mayaye! (Lakota for ‘thank you’)