Disappearing World: The Kayapo - Indians of the Brazilian Rain Forest (1987)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Anthropology, Social History  |   Run Time - 51 min.  |  
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This documentary chronicles the cultural changes experienced by the Kayapo Indians of central Brazil. As the government worked to construct a damn at Altamira, demonstrations by the Kapot tribe succeed in halting construction. The Kapot tribe of the Kayapo Indians learned from the losses of the Gorotire, another tribe in the region. The Gorotire sold their land and watched as it was destroyed by mining interests. Included are traditional scenes of the Kapot bringing home tortoises from the hunt and the erection and dismantling of a hunting camp. The dichotomy of modern Indian life is evident as the tribe members are shown using radios and video equipment while still struggling to maintain their ancient way of life. Anthropologist Terry Turner narrates the documentary.

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Brazil, culture [social culture], government, rainforest, tradition, tribe, anthropology