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Dead Birds
Part of the Series: Anthropology 101 Collection
Dead Birds is a film about the Dani, a people dwelling in the Grand Valley of the Baliem high in the mountains of West Irian. When fillmmaker Robert Gardner shot the film in 1961, the Dani had an almost classic…
First Contact
Part of the Series: Highlands Trilogy
This is the classic film of cultural confrontation that is as compelling today as when it was first released over 20 years ago. When Columbus and Cortez ventured into the New World there was no camera to record the drama…
The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands
Six thousand miles west of California, the Mariana Islands are American territory; but after generations of loyalty, the people of Guam and the Northern Marianas still remain second-class US citizens. Following the personal stories of four indigenous island leaders, this…
Her Name Came on Arrows
In the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, French anthropologist Maurice Godelier invites five of his Baruya friends and informants to his house to discuss Baruya kinship and rules of marriage. As Godelier poses questions, the kinship rules that provide…
The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific
Over 1,000 years ago, the islands of Polynesia were explored and settled by navigators who used only the waves, the stars, and the flights of birds for guidance. In hand-built, double-hulled canoes sixty feet long, the ancestors of today's Polynesians…
Nuclear Savage
"John is a savage, but a happy, amenable savage." -1950's newsreel footage of Marshall Islanders Featuring recently declassified U.S. government documents, survivor testimony, and unseen archival footage, Nuclear Savage uncovers one of the most troubling chapters in modern American history:…
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Unity Through Culture
Part of the Series: Anthropology 101 Collection
Soanin Kilangit is determined to unite the people and attract international tourism through the revival of culture on Baluan Island in the South Pacific. He organizes the largest cultural festival ever held on the island, but some traditional leaders argue…
Vanuatu Women's Water Music - An Audio-Visual Journey Deep into Pacific Island Culture
The performers of the Vanuatu Women's Water Music group hail from the remote northern tropical islands of Gaua and Merelava in Vanuatu. They travel the world performing the Na Mag and Ne Leang dances as a prelude to the water…
Thule Tuvalu - Investigating Climate Change
Two places at the edge of our planet are making headlines due to climate change: Thule, Greenland, because of record ice melts there; and Tuvalu, because this remote Pacific Island nation is one of the first countries on the verge…
Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'ehukai - A Portrait of Legendary Surfer Rell Sunn
Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'ehukai is a breathtaking portrait of surf legend Rell "Kapolioka'ehukai" Sunn, founding member of the Women's Professional Surfing Association and beloved breast cancer activist. With exhilarating water scenes and captivating archival footage of surf culture, Heart…
A Balinese Trance Seance
A Balinese Trance Seance Bringing offerings of rice, flowers, and woven coconut leaves, clients visit Jero in her household shrine to determine the cause of their son's death. Jero lights an incense brazier, sprinkles holy water, and recites mantras as…
Pig Tusks and Paper Money
There are two currencies in Papua New Guinea. The modern cash economy and traditional economies using shell money, banana leaf bundles and pig tusks. People need both, but there exists no legitimate system of exchange between the two. Henry Tokabak…
The Human Face of the Pacific
This series is composed of six documentaries covering six Pacific nations and territories, giving a wide-ranging view of contemporary Pacific society. It shows the variety of ways of life from subsistence to urbanization and the challenges from outside to what…
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Maori - The New Dawn
BBC
World About Us reports upon fight against discrimination of Maoris in New Zealand.
The Price of Peace - Tame Iti and the Urewera Four
Accused of terrorism, running a private militia and jailed on gun charges, political activist Tame Iti fights for his tribe Ngai Tuhoe to be a sovereign nation within New Zealand. How high is the price of peace? Tame's life changed…
Ever the Land - A Landmark Architectural Project From a Maori Tribe
This film explores the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by one of New Zealand's most passionately independent Maori tribes, Ngai Tuhoe. The setting is the forest region of Te Urewera and Tuhoe are…
Lon Marum - Culture, Magic and Life on an Active Volcano
Lon Marum is a documentary film depicting the relationship between language, culture, place, music, tradition, and magic - in the context of life on an active volcano. Greater than the power to destroy, for these people of Vanuatu, Lon Marum…
Native Planet Program 1: New Zealand - Restoring the "Mauri"
Part of the Series: Native Planet
Host Simon Baker travels to New Zealand's North Island to see how science and indigenous knowledge are combining to breathe life back into a sacred lake decimated by years of industrial pollution.
Land of the Morning Star
The western half of the island of New Guinea has been known by many names including Netherlands New Guinea, West Papua, Irian Jaya and Papua. It is an extraordinary place where snow-capped mountains drain into massive rivers and 250 languages…
Kau Faito'o: Traditional Healers of Tonga
This is a documentary, which not only shows the ancient traditional art form of healing but also tries to capture the essence of being a traditional healer in an ever-changing environment. Traditional healers are shown collecting, preparing and administering herbal…