Buffalo Dance (film)

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Buffalo Dance
Produced by William K. L. Dickson
Cinematography William Heise
Release date
  • 1894 (1894)
Running time
16 seconds
Country United States
Language Silent

Buffalo Dance is an 1894 American 16-second black-and-white silent film shot in Thomas Edison's Black Maria studio. The film was made at the same time as Edison's Sioux Ghost Dance. It is one of the earliest films made featuring Native Americans. In this film, produced by William K. L. Dickson with William Heise as cinematographer, three Sioux warriors named Hair Coat, Parts His Hair and Last Horse dance in a circle and two other Native Americans sit behind them and accompany them with drums. According to the Edison catalog, the actors were "genuine Sioux Indians, in full war paint and war costumes." They were also apparently veterans of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.


According to the Internet Movie Database the film was made in 35 mm with an aspect ratio of 1.33 : 1. The movie was intended to be displayed with a Kinetoscope.[1]

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