Ethnographic Video Online

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Connection note

Recommended that each computer accessing the service has at least a high-speed internet connection with minimum 400 kbps connection.

Alternate title

Alexander Street Anthropology

Plugins required


Ethnographic Video Online covers hundreds of films from several regions of the world. As the name indicates, it offers videos broadly related to the social sciences disciplines and on themes such as language and culture, kinesthetics, body language, food and foraging, cooking, economic systems, social stratification and status, caste systems and slavery, male and female roles, kinship and families, political organization, conflict and conflict resolution, religion and magic, music and the arts, culture and personality, and sex, gender, and family roles. It offers semantic based indexing of the videos and searchable transcripts that correspond to the video. You can browse and search to compare footage by theme, cultural group, geographic location, date of filming, filmmaker, type of behavior, etc.


"Help" is available via a link in the menu bar at the top of every screen.

User tools and features

  • Playlists can be created and shared.
  • Instructors can create their own video clips for use in teaching.
  • Selected content can be sent to a mobile device.
  • Permalinks are provided for embedding on other sites.
  • RSS feeds.

Dates covered

Release dates range from 1922 to the present.

Updating frequency



Documentary videos

Type of coverage

Streaming video and transcripts.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Some of the titles included are held by the Media Library and may be found through a search of QuickSearch.

Producer/content provider


Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Alexander Street Press

Core Subject(s)