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Film, Video Comata, the Sioux Former supplied title: Unidentified paper print box U

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  • Comata, the Sioux

Other Title

  • Former supplied title: Unidentified paper print box U


  • "A white man (Arthur Johnson) convinces an Indian maiden (Marion Leonard) to abandon her Indian village and accompany him to his small house on the edge of some cleared land. In time, they have a child. In the background, from the beginning, an Indian (James Kirkwood) can be seen as though guarding the young Indian girl. In time, the white man becomes enamored of a white girl. He leaves the Indian girl, and the last scene shows her with her child in her arms, going off into the hills with the Indian brave who had always loved her"--Paper print catalog.


  • Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, direction
  • Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera
  • Kirkwood, James, 1875-1963, cast
  • Leonard, Marion, 1881-1956, cast
  • Johnson, Arthur V., 1876-1916, cast
  • Arvidson, Linda, 1884-1949, cast
  • Lawrence, Florence, 1890-1938, cast
  • Clarges, Verner, 1846-1911, cast
  • Biograph Company
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Biograph, 1909.


  • -  Love--Drama
  • -  Constancy--Drama
  • -  White people--Relations with Indians--Drama
  • -  Indian women--Drama
  • -  Dakota Indians--Drama


  • Melodramas (Motion pictures)
  • Romance films
  • Western films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  J131568 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Biograph Co.; 13Sept1909; J131568.
  • -  Camera, G.W. Bitzer.
  • -  Linda Arvidson, Arthur V. Johnson, James Kirkwood, Florence Lawrence, Leonard Marion, Verner Clarges.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 000U) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Biograph production no. 3615.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 63; Biograph bulletins 1908-1912, p. 123
  • -  Not viewed.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 360 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 360 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 360 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 900 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 5228 (viewing print)
  • FRA 2827 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 2925 (master pos pic)
  • Box 1215A (paper pos)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2011600458

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Camera, James Kirkwood, Marion Leonard, Arthur V Johnson, Linda Arvidson, Florence Lawrence, Verner Clarges, Biograph Company, Paper Print Collection, and Niver. Comata, the Sioux. directeds by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: Biograph, 1909. Video.

APA citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Kirkwood, J., Leonard, M., Johnson, A. V., Arvidson, L., Lawrence, F. [...] Niver. (1909) Comata, the Sioux. Griffith, D. W., dir United States: Biograph. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Camera, et al. Comata, the Sioux. dir by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: Biograph, 1909. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.