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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…
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…
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…
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…
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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Savage Memory - A Founding Father of Anthropology and His Studies in Papua New Guinea
In 1915, Bronislaw Malinowski set out to document the 'exotic' practices of a small group of islanders off the coast of Papua New Guinea. With extensive data on sex, magic and spirits of the dead, his work set the stage…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
The Spirit World of Tidikawa
This film offers a visual exploration of the daily lives of the Bedamini, on the Great Papuan Plateau. In 1972 there were about 3800 Bedamini speakers, living in 60 long house communities scattered throughout 700 square kilometers of tropical rainforest.…
Native Planet Program 4: Hawaii - The Stolen Nation
Part of the Series: Native Planet
Host Simon Baker travels to Hawaii to examine the growing native sovereignty movement and how it helped halt construction of the largest public infrastructure project in Hawaii's history.
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…
Angels Of War
ANGELS OF WAR captures the experiences of villagers who lived through the Papua New Guinea campaign. Caught up in a war they could not understand or influence, they had no choice but to obey whoever held the gun. Their homes…
Ngat is Dead: Studying Mortuary Traditions
What do anthropologists mean when they claim to study the cultural traditions of others by participating in them? This film follows the Dutch anthropologist Ton Otto, who has been adopted by a family on Baluan Island in Papua New Guinea.…
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…
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…