Virtual Snow: a growing resource on the life and work of Edmund Snow Carpenter

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"Edmund Carpenter defies labels as much as his books defy categories. Anthropologist, filmmaker, teacher, writer - he has lived in many cultures and worked in many media. His anthropological studies, which he began at the age of thirteen, have taken him to the Canadian Arctic, Siberia, Southeast Asia, Borneo and New Guinea."
- from the back cover of the first edition of Oh, What a Blow that Phantom Gave Me!

Oh, What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me!

Carpenter's 1972 pocket-sized tour de force on the effects of media in, on, and throughout the world. Searchable and interlinked with supplementary maps, photos, and other materials.

Film: Oh, What a Blow that Phantom Gave Me!
a film by John Bishop and Harald Prins

Winner of the 2004 John Culkin Award
for Outstanding Praxis in the Field of Media Ecology

IWF International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Germany, 2004.
Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival, Institute of Ethnology,
Academia Sinica, Taipei, October 3-7, 2003
8th Royal Anthropological Institute’s International Festival of Ethnographic Film, England, 2003.
14th Beeld voor Beeld Ethnographic Film Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2003.
4th Media Ecology Association Annual Conference, 2003, New York.
101st Annual Mtgs, American Anthropological Association, Chicago, 2003
7th Documentary and Ethnographic Film Festival of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2003
Northeastern Anthropological Association, [Film Premiere], Fleming Museum, Burlington, Vermont

Purchase the DVD

Norse Penny
by Edmund Carpenter
(posted September 18th 2003)

Edmund Carpenter:
Explorations in Media and Anthropology

by Harald Prins and John Bishop
from Visual Anthropology Review 17(2):110-140 (2001-2002)

(posted September 20th 2003)

Initiation video from Kandangan village of the Middle Sepik, Papua New Guinea.

This video, edited by John Bishop of UCLA, is constructed from film shot by Adelaide de Menil and Edmund Carpenter during their expeditions in Papua New Guinea from 1969-1970. Carpenter writes about the making of this film in Love Thy Label as Thyself in Oh, What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me!.

The video is in MPEG format - viewable with Windows Media Player and other compatible video viewers. It is six minutes long and 21 megabytes of data.

To watch the video, click here. (to download, right click "save as" or use a download manager)

(posted February 22nd 2002)

An interview with Edmund Carpenter
by Carol Ann (Bunny) McBride (1980)

(posted February 27th 2002)

Complete Bibliography
of Works by
Edmund Snow Carpenter

(under construction) September 18 2003




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