Himalayan Shaman of Southern Nepal 1967

title from credits (published work)--archival collection
Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee
John T. Hitchcock paper records and photographs are held in the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
John T. Hitchcock was a cultural anthropologist who studied shamanism and cultures of Himalayas of Nepal and India.
Donated by J. Fred MacDonald in 2007.
Edited film made in association with Patricia Hitchcock was filmed in a Magar village next to Banyan Hill in the lower Himalayas. Film documents a shaman who lives on a small farm and provides various healing services to local peoples including going into a trance (spells and spirit contact), animal sacrifice and Ayurvedic medicines (potions), a traditional Hindu medical practice. The shaman is an ex-Gurkha soldier who served in the British Gurkha Brigade for many years but returned to his home to practice the traditional medicine he learned from his father.
Repository Loc.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Language and culture
Human Studies Film Archives
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Hitchcock, John Thayer 1917-2001
Physical description
archival original one film reel (497 feet) sound color 16mm
Himalaya Mountains
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Local number
HSFA 2007.7.4