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The Shock of the Other
Episode 1 of Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World
Host David Maybury-Lewis revisits the Xavante of Brazil to see how they have changed since 1959, and then journeys into the Peruvian Amazon to unravel the mystery of the Mashco-Piro, a tribe that has chosen to remain hidden from the…
Strange Relations
Episode 2 of Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World
How do we balance personal desire for love with society's need for stable marriages? In Nepal, a young Nyimba couple falls in love - a dangerous passion in a culture based on polyandry, one wife with many husbands. The Wodaabe…
Touching the Timeless
Episode 8 of Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World
People everywhere search for meaning in their lives, a sense of the sacred, a world beyond time. The Huichol Indians of Mexico make an annual pilgrimage to Wirikuta to consume peyote, the sacred food of the gods and, in Arizona,…
The Art of Living
Episode 7 of Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World
Why do we separate art and living? In tribal societies, where there are no words for "art" or "artist", everyday life is an occasion for creative expression. Follow a Wodaabe woman from Niger as she judges a festival of beauty…
At the Threshold
Episode 10 of Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World
Travel to France to explore the most perplexing dilemmas of the Western world - heart versus mind, body versus soul, the desires of the individual versus the needs of society. Through stories of family life in both tribal and modern…
Mistaken Identity
Episode 5 of Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World
Where does individual identity begin and end? Western societies strive to answer these questions through biology - conception, birth, adolescence, maturity, death - while tribal cultures define identity through relationships with others and rites of passage with the living and…
Inventing Reality
Episode 6 of Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World
Every society has a system of knowledge, a way to describe reality that we call either science or magic - and sometimes both. Who will stop a fatal epidemic sweeping the villages of the Huichol Indians of Mexico - the…
The Tightrope of Power
Episode 9 of Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World
How do tribal societies maintain social order and harmony without the vast legal institutions that we rely on? The tribal practice of democracy through consensus is put to the test when members of Canada's Objibwa-Cree tribe have a constitutional struggle…
An Ecology of Mind
Episode 4 of Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World
While tribal cultures seek harmony with nature, Western societies try to dominate it, often with devasting consequences. Visit the Gabra of Kenya whose relationship to their harsh desert environment is key to their survival; the Makuna of Colombia whose complex…
Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World
The Western world's desire to remake other societies into its own image has robbed our modern world of the gifts of other cultures. By exploring the values and different worldviews that hold many tribal societies together, this series reflects on…
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A Poor Man Shames Us All
Episode 3 of Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World
Have things replaced people as the focus of our relationships? Western views of wealth and economic needs have created a society of strangers in the midst of material riches, while tribal cutures such as the Weyewa of Indonesia and the…