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Title The split horn : the life of a Hmong Shaman in America / Alchemy Films presents ; a film by Taggart Siegel ; directed by Taggart Siegel ; produced by Taggart Siegel, Jim McSilver, Sarita Siegel ; written and adapted from interviews by Jim McSilver and Taggart Siegel ; produced in association with the Independent Television Service and NAATA
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015


Description 1 online resource (1 video file (58 min., 7 sec.)) : sound, color
Summary America has become the testing ground for the enduring strength of Hmong culture. The Split Horndocuments the journey of Hmong shaman Paja Thao and his family from the mountains of Laos to the heartland of America: Appleton, Wisconsin. This poignant film shows a shaman's struggle to maintain his ancient traditions as his children embrace American culture. The evocative narrative captures the daily struggle of Paja Thao's family between two worlds. "It would be difficult for another documentary to equal the scope of Taggart Siegel's film THE SPLIT HORN: Life of a Hmong shaman in America." -Justin Lowe, Asian Week. "THE SPLIT HORN is a remarkable achievement. An intimate exploration of family, place and culture, it tenderly reveals the complexities of assimilation in the United States.." -Chi-Hui Yang, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. "Seventeen years in the making, THE SPLIT HORN is a heartfelt and deeply moving portrayal of a hmong shaman, his family, and his community in America."-George Lin, DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival. AwardsAward of Excellence, Society for Visual Anthropology Festival, 1988
Analysis Anthropology
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Sociology, Documentaries
Race and Class Studies
Religion and Philosophy
Event Originally produced by Collective Eye Films in 2001
Notes In English and Hmong with English subtitles. Closed-captioned
Description based on online resource; title from title screen (Kanopy, viewed on December 8, 2018)
Subject Hmong Americans -- Wisconsin -- Appleton
Hmong (Asian people) -- Religion
Shamans -- Wisconsin -- Appleton
Hmong (Asian people) -- Religion.
Hmong Americans.
Wisconsin -- Appleton.
Genre/Form Nonfiction films.
Documentary films.
Internet videos.
Internet videos.
Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Vidéos sur Internet.
Films autres que de fiction.
Form Streaming video
Author Siegel, Taggart, filmmaker, producer, writer.
McSilver, Jim, producer, writer.
Siegel, Sarita, producer.
Thao, Chai, narrator
Alchemy Films.
Independent Television Service.
National Asian American Telecommunications Association.
Collective Eye (Organization)
Kanopy (Firm), film distributor.