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Waiapi Body Slash and Burn Cultivation.

Shows how the Waiapi Indians of Brazil use slash and burn cultivation to clear the rain forest in order to grow food. Cultivation techniques and taboos are linked to gender and parenthood roles. 1987. 24 min.

Waiapi Instrumental Music.

Examines a variety of wind instruments used by the Waiapi Indians of Brazil, the setting in which each is played, and the Waiapi's practice of dividing vocal and instrumental music based on sex. 1988. 58 min.

We Gather As a Family (Eu Ja Fui Seu Irmao).

Indians from the Kokrenum and Kraho villages in the Para state of Brazil, come together to encourage their youth to celebrate and conserve their cultural heritage by experiencing an initiation ceremony. Among other things, the ceromony consists of singing, body-painting, and preparations for the long, trenuous relay race through the savanna carrying and passing huge logs shoulder-to-shoulder. 1993. 32 min.

White Gold, Black Market (Commodities; 1:1)

A dramatization set during the 1630's which tells of the initial rise of sugar through the story of one Dutch merchant who takes over a Portuguese sugar plantation in Brazil. Obsessed with the development of a profitable sugar plantation, the Dutchman also becomes the master of African slaves. After 1654 the Dutch withdrew from Brazil and encouraged British planters in Barbades to grow sugar. Thus sugar, along with slavery, spread to the Caribbean. 1986. 26 min.
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Wholes (South series)

A humorous and scathing satire of the social ills plaguing Sao Paulo, Brazil through the metaphor of potholes. 1991. 10 min.
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Yanomami: A Multi-disciplinary Study.

Describes the field techniques and findings of teams from such disciplines as human genetics, anthropology, epidemiology, dentistry, linguistics, and medicine as they conduct a biological-anthropological study of the Yanoama Indians in the jungles of Venezuela and Brazil. Shows many details of Yanomamo life and culture and assesses the impact of acculturation on social and genetic patterns. 1970. 43 min.

Yanomami: Keepers of the Flame.

Follows an expedition of explorers as they make contact with the Yanomami Indians of Brazil who are considered to be the last Stone Age tribe in the Amazon. Considers the social and ecological consequences to the Yanomami people as outside developers continue to encroach upon their habitat. 1992. 58 min.

[Waiapi] Caxiri or Manioc Beer.

Examines the role of caxiri, a native beer, in the social and cultural life of the Waiapi Indians of Brazil. An important part of Waiapi life, caxiri is imbibed daily by men, women and children. This documentary describes the preparation of caxiri, as well as its use in community festivals and celebrations. 1988. 39 min.

[Waiapi] Music, Dance and Festival Among the Waiapi Indians of Brazil.

Examines five Waiapi Indian festivals and shows the importance of manioc beer in the festivals, the variety of musical instruments and songs, and how Waiapi identity and societal order are reinforced by these communal celebrations. 1988. 39 min.

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