Crooked Beak of Heaven, The

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Crooked Beak of Heaven, The

  • 1977 ----- color ----- 53 min ----- 16mm
  • (Tribal Eye series, Part 3) The Northwest Coast Haida, Gitksan and Kwakiutl Indians inhabit a beautiful, harsh land along the coast of British Columbia and south to Oregon. Pre-eminent carvers of wood, they created totem poles that are among the largest wooden sculptures ever made by man. Integrating footage made of tribal rites by Edward Curtis in 1912, the film contrasts them with those same rites today. The spectacular theatrical genius of these people is particularly vivid during the dance of the cannibal birds known to the Kwakiutl as "the crooked beak of heaven."
  • Topics: (American Indian Studies, Art: Tribal, Pacific Northwest)