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  • Buffalo dance


  • Three Sioux Indians in full regalia perform a "buffalo dance", while two others use drums to supply a rhythm. The three dancers move around in a circle as they perform the various actions that are part of the dance. All three wear feathers in their headbands and two wear decorative tails.


  • Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie), 1860-1935, production.
  • Heise, William, camera.
  • Last Horse, performer.
  • Parts His Hair, performer.
  • Hair Coat, performer.
  • Pine, performer.
  • Strong Talker, performer.
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
  • Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1894.


  • -  Buffalo dance
  • -  Dakota Indians
  • -  Indian dancers--United States
  • -  Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show


  • Peep shows (Motion pictures)
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Copyright: no reg.
  • -  Performers: Last Horse (dancer), Parts His Hair (dancer), Hair Coat (dancer), Pine (drummer) Strong Talker (drummer).
  • -  Camera, William Heise.
  • -  Duration: 0:15 at 20 fps.
  • -  Filmed September 24, 1894, in Edison's Black Maria studio in West Orange, New Jersey.
  • -  Summary from the Internet movie database WWW site, viewed May 18, 2015.
  • -  According to Edison film historian C. Musser, this film and others shot on the same day (see also Sioux ghost dance) featured Native American Indian dancers from Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, and constitutes the American Indian's first appearance before a motion picture camera.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 12; Internet movie database WWW site, viewed May 18, 2015.
  • -  35 mm viewing print renumbered: FEC 8098 to FYA 1430.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (17 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FYA 1430 (viewing print)


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00694114

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Heise, William, Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Hendricks. Buffalo Dance. performeds by Last Horse, Parts His Hair, Hair Coat, Pine, and Strong Talker, produceds by Dickson, W. K.-L. , Uction United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1894. Video.

APA citation style:

Heise, W., Thomas A. Edison, I. & Hendricks. (1894) Buffalo Dance. Last Horse, Parts His Hair, Hair Coat, Pine & Strong Talker, performers, Dickson, W. K. -., prod United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Heise, William, Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Hendricks. Buffalo Dance. performer by Last Horse, et al., prod by Dickson, W. K.-L. , Uction United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1894. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.