Academic journal article Borneo Research Bulletin

The Bidayuh Films of Professor William R. Geddes

Academic journal article Borneo Research Bulletin

The Bidayuh Films of Professor William R. Geddes

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Among William R. Geddes's lasting legacies to the ethnography of Borneo are the three excellent films he produced on various aspects of the Bidayuh culture. As I have received inquiries from time to time on the sources of these films, I thought this information would be welcome.

The Land Dayaks of Borneo (1961-66). 38 min. Distribution: New York University. Shot in 1961 in the village of Mentu Tapuh, Southwestern Sarawak. General life of village, oriented to the river, with some gardening and gathering. Climaxed by a medium performing in a Harvest Festival.

This film was reviewed by Peter R. Goethals in the American Anthropologist 69:127, 1967.

Goethals (1967:127) writes the film "depicts Dayak life in Mentu Tapuh, a village of Sarawak's First Division, as of 1961. ... As a partial but graphic record, primarily of Mentu Tapuh's subsistence and ritual activities, this film nicely supplements the full accounts of the producer's 1954 and 1957 monographs dealing with the same longhouse community."

The second and third films are:

      The Souls of the Rice (1978-1983). 1983. 55 minutes, color. Shows
   the community ceremonial life of the Land Dayak (or Bidayuh) living
   in the First Division of Sarawak. 16 mm. or video available from
   Other World Films, 176 Hudson Parade, Clareville, N.S.W. 2107,
   Australia.

      Brides of the Gods (1983-1985). 1985.55 minutes, color. Shows a
   more intimate view of a ceremony practiced at the family level. … 
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