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Children's Magical Death
Part of the Series: Yanomamo Collection
Pretending to be shamans, a group of young boys imitates their fathers, blowing ashes into each other's noses and chanting to the hekura spirits. Filmmaker: Timothy Asch, Napoleon Chagnon
Yanomamo Collection
Filmmaker Timothy Asch and anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon collaborated to study and film the Yanomamo Indians. The setting for most of these films is the remote village of Mishimishimabowei-teri, a village whose history and inhabitants Chagnon knew well. Several figures in particular are outstanding: Moawa, a village headman and Dedeheiwa, another…
A Father Washes His Children
Part of the Series: Yanomamo Collection
Dedeheiwa, a shaman and headman in his village, takes nine of his children and grandchildren to the river where he washes them carefully and patiently. This film, like A Man and His Wife Weave a Hammock and Weeding the Garden, reveals the warmth and gentleness typical of many kinds of…
Myth of Naro as Told by Kaobawa
Part of the Series: Yanomamo Collection
This film presents a version of a myth, different from the Myth of Naro as Told by Dedeheiwa, in narrative detail and also in the individual raconteur's style. The myth concerns the jealousy of Naro the Ugly toward his brother Yanomamo, who is fragrant and beautiful and has two wives.…
Myth of Naro as Told by Dedeheiwa
Part of the Series: Yanomamo Collection
This film presents a version of a myth, different from the Myth of Naro as Told by Kaobawa, in narrative detail and also in the individual raconteur's style. The myth concerns the jealousy of Naro the Ugly toward his brother Yanomamo, who is fragrant and beautiful and has two wives.…
Moonblood - A Yanomamo Creation Myth as Told by Dedeheiwa
Part of the Series: Yanomamo Collection
In this myth, the Yanomamo account for the creation of human beings and for their ferocity. The myth is told by the shaman Dedeheiwa. Long ago, when people "like us" lived in a village "over there," Moon lived there too, and ate the souls of children. The villagers became very…
A Man Called "Bee": Studying The Yanomamo
Part of the Series: Yanomamo Collection
This is one of the few ethnographic films in which the anthropologist appears as one of the subjects, and as such it is a lively introduction to the nature of fieldwork. Napoleon Chagnon, who lived among the Yanomamo for 36 months over a period of eight years, is shown in…
Moyngo, The Dream of Maragareum
The Ikpeng community acts out the myth of the origin of their tattooing ceremony. The mythical hero and shaman Maragareum dreams about a disaster in his friend Eptxum's village. Arriving in this village, he finds everyone dead, and so he hides at nightfall to see the spirits return. Hunting, dancing…
The Ax Fight
Part of the Series: Anthropology 101 Collection
The Ax Fight was restored by the National Film Preservation Foundation. A fight broke out in Mishimishimabowei-teri on the second day of Chagnon and Asch's stay in this village in 1971. The conflict developed between the villagers of Mishimishimabowei-teri and their visitors from another village. The visitors had formerly been…
Bride Service
Part of the Series: Yanomamo Collection
In this vignette from daily life, Dedeheiwa's son returns from hunting and brings a wild turkey and a basket of fruit for his father-in-law. He dumps the goods on the ground, since avoidance rules prohibit him from delivering them directly. Dedeheiwa shouts for someone to collect the offering, and the…
Returning Souls - Connection with Ancestors in Taiwan
The carved pillars of the matrilineal Amis tribe's famed ancestral house recount tribal legends such as The Great Flood and The Glowing Girl, and are home to the ancestral spirits of the Amis. The pillars, however, were removed from the village for exhibition in Taiwan's Institute of Ethnology Museum after…
The Feast
Part of the Series: Yanomamo Collection
Yanomamo feasts are ceremonial, social, economic, and political events. They are occasions for men to adorn their bodies with paint and feathers, to display their strength in dance and ritualized aggression; for trading partnerships to be established or affirmed; and for the creation or testing of alliances. In the feast…