Yanomami: From machetes to mobile phones # 11

Yanomami: From machetes to mobile phones

11:15, Saturday 15th June, Museum Auditorium

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Cliff Orloff and Olga Shalygan
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 58 mins
  • Country of Production: USA
  • Location: Venezuela, South America
  • Ethnic Group: Yanomami
  • Language: Spanish/English/Yanomami (English)

The Yanomami Indians are one of the last large relatively unacculturated indigenous groups remaining in the world.  In November 2000 filmmakers Orloff and Shalygin documented the lives of a small group of Yanomami living along the banks of the Siapa River.  Ten years later the filmmakers return to the same village to document the changes they observe. As the outside world encroaches into Yanomami land, the tension between these two worlds is revealed. The desire to retain Yanomami customs and traditions becomes difficult to reconcile with their attraction to the material goods available in the modern world.

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