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Vernon Ashley Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 9149 A
Identifier: H2006-100

Content Description

The collection consists of two Beta Tapes and one VHS copy of a documentary of different Indian tribes coordinated by WRBL-TV of Columbus George and titled “First American.” The total running time is 1:08:47. The documentary dates to the late 1960s. Two Beta Tapes were donated by Vernon Ashley. The documentary includes interviews with Crow, Seminole, Navajo, Cherokee, Zunni, Creek, and Sioux Indians. The interviews include artwork, dance, dress, singing, dancing, paintings, and the cultures of each tribe. Chief Vernon Ashley, Coordinator of Indian Affairs for South Dakota, talks about the Sioux Indians of South Dakota. A copy of the documentary was made onto a VHS tape. One tape will be kept with at the Archives, the other will be sent to Mr. Ashley. The first Beta Tape was in good condition, though there are parts were the documentary is hard to see but most of the interview can be heard throughout. The second Beta Tape was in poor condition, certain segments are difficult to see, but audio is heard throughout. Two additional Beta Tapes that were donated are blank and will be discarded if not wanted by Mr. Ashley. A VHS copy was given to Mr. Ashley.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1960s


1 videotapes

0.25 Cubic Feet