Buffalo Dance

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Buffalo Dance

silent film sioux tribe

Buffalo Dance

Release Date: September 23, 1894

Year    :   1894
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Genres    :   Documentary
Production Companies    :   Edison Manufacturing Company
Director    :   William K.L. Dickson
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RunTime    :   1 mins.

Long before Hollywood started painting white men red and dressing them as 'Injuns' Edison's company was using the genuine article! Featuring for what is believed to be the Native Americans first appearance before a motion picture camera 'Buffalo Dance' features genuine members of the Sioux Tribe dressed in full war paint and costume! The dancers are believed to be veteran members of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Filmed again at the Black Maria studios by both Dickson and Heise the 'Buffalo Dance' warriors were named as Hair Coat, Parts His Hair and Last Horse. Its quite strange seeing these movies at first they all stand around waiting to begin and as they start some of the dancers look at the camera in an almost sad way at having lost their way of life.

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