||Produced by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. 1990.
William Rivers, trained as a doctor, administered psychological tests to the islanders of the Torres Straits north of Australia and discovered the importance of relatives in their society. His work as a psychologist and medical researcher enabled him to bring something new to anthropology: a scientific approach. His field study with a hill tribe in southern India, the Todas, ultimately set the trend for anthropologists to go and visit the cultures in which they were interested, rather than staying at home and theorizing.
1 videocassette (52 min.) : sd., color ; 1/2 in
Written and presented by Bruce Dakowski. Produced and directed by Andre Singer
Subject New Guinea and India
William RIivers' psychological studies on the importance of relatives in society