Yanomamo Collection

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A Father Washes His Children
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…
A Man and His Wife Weave a Hammock
A village headman, Moawa, weaves a cotton hammock while his wife swings in her own hammock, occasionally touching his leg in a loving gesture. She watches and teases him while…
A Man Called "Bee": Studying The Yanomamo
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…
Arrow Game
A group of boys engages in an arrow fight in the village clearing. They shoot blunt arrows, practicing their aim and learning to dodge the shots. This film is included…
Bride Service
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…
Children's Magical Death
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
Climbing the Peach Palm
The ingenuity of Yanomamo technology is revealed in the climbing frame used to scale the spiny trunk of the peach palm tree. Here a young man collects the fruit for…
Firewood
The strenuousness of women's work is revealed as a woman patiently chops a large log for firewood one evening, enough to last one day. Her two children play nearby, and…
Jaguar: a Yanomamo Twin Cycle Myth as Told by Daramasiwa
The richness of Yanomamo mythology is again revealed in this film (compare Moonblood and both Myths of Naro ), as is the remarkable skill of another Yanomamo storyteller. The myth…
Magical Death
The shaman plays a vital role in Yanomamo society, for it is he who calls, commands, and often is possessed by spirits, or hekura. "Like myriad glowing butterflies dancing in…
Moonblood - A Yanomamo Creation Myth as Told by Dedeheiwa
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"…
Myth of Naro as Told by Dedeheiwa
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…
Myth of Naro as Told by Kaobawa
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…
New Tribes Mission
The mission in Bisaasi-teri has a style and orientation quite different from the Salesian mission shown in Ocamo is My Town. The New Tribes Mission has been in this region…
Ocamo is My Town
This film describes the work of an extraordinary Salesian priest, Padre Cocco, who has headed a mission on the Ocamo River since 1957. The mission's goal, he explains, is to…
Tapir Distribution
The conflict shown in The Ax Fight disrupted the political stability in Mishimishimabowei-teri. Several days after the fight, Moawa, the most prominent headman in the village, killed a tapir and…
The Feast
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…
Tug-of-War
The playful side of Yanomamo life is shown on a day during the rainy season when women and children of the village play a game of tug-of-war. (See Tug-of-War, Bushmen)…
Weeding the Garden
Dedeheiwa the shaman weeds his manioc garden and clears the leaves around his plantains. Tired and sore, he rests while he is massaged and groomed by his wife and numerous…
Yanomamo Shorts
This playlist collects ts eight previously unreleased short films from the series. They only exist as what Asch called "slopticals," duplicated workprints with optical tracks that he assembled in order…
Yanomamo: A Multidisciplinary Study
This film illustrates the field techniques used by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Michigan in collaboration with their Venezuelan colleagues. The expedition shown here included specialists…
The Ax Fight
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…

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Jaguar: a Yanomamo Twin Cycle Myth as Told by Daramasiwa
Part of the Series: Yanomamo Collection
The richness of Yanomamo mythology is again revealed in this film (compare Moonblood and both Myths of Naro ), as is the remarkable skill of another Yanomamo storyteller. The myth in this case is that of Jaguar, a prominent figure throughout South American Indian mythology. Long ago, Curare Woman tasted…
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…
Yanomamo Shorts
This playlist collects ts eight previously unreleased short films from the series. They only exist as what Asch called "slopticals," duplicated workprints with optical tracks that he assembled in order to receive feedback from fellow filmmakers. Although they lack narration or translated subtitles, they show many interesting aspects of social…
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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.…
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Ausangate
This film documents the lives of Quechua people who live around Ausangate, a sacred peak in southeastern Peru. It is based on anthropological research conducted over twenty years and reveals how the weavers make textiles encoded with symbolic images that reinforce ancestral beliefs during rituals and in everyday life. Four…
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…
Arrow Game
Part of the Series: Yanomamo Collection
A group of boys engages in an arrow fight in the village clearing. They shoot blunt arrows, practicing their aim and learning to dodge the shots. This film is included on the Yanomamo Shorts compilation video. Filmmaker: Timothy Asch, Napoleon Chagnon