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1.

El Botón de Nácar

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Documentary that masterfully explores the significance of water in Chile's vast history and culture, examining the indigenous tribes of the western Patagonian waterways and the tragic journey of Jemmy Button, who in 1830 was bought by the English navy for the price of a mother of pearl button. The film ends by discussing how Pinochet's forces used waterways to dump the bodies of disappeared persons that they had executed.
DVD
2016; 2015
Clemons (Stacks)
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Burden of Dreams

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Goes behind the scenes in the making of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man's attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Filmmaker Les Blank captured the production, made perilous by Herzog's determination not to use models or special effects.
DVD
2005; 1982
Clemons (Stacks)
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Crude

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"[T]ells the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet: the infamous $27 billion 'Amazon Chernobyl' lawsuit pitting 30,000 rainforest dwellers in Ecuador against the U.S. oil giant Chevron." -- Container.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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At the Edge of Conquest: The Journey of Chief Wai-Wai

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Looks at the situation of the Waiapi Indians, a small isolated tribe that came in contact with the outside world in the late 1970's. The film focusses on the charismatic leader, Chief Wai-Wai as he travels from his remote village to Brazil's capital.
VHS
1992
Ivy (By Request)
5.

Keita [electronic resource]: The Heritage of the Griot

In this story-within-a-story, Mabo Keita, a young boy living in contemporary Burkina Faso, receives a message from a traditional storyteller (griot) that he must "learn the meaning of his name." Mabo is a descendent of Sundiata Keita, legendary founder of the Mali Empire and hero of The Epic of Sundiata. As Sundiata Keita comes to understand his role in Mandé history, so the younger Keita grasps the scope and significance of his heritage - a lesson that was not taught in his school's Westernized curriculum.
Online
1995
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The Spirit of Kuna Yala

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This award-winning film is a lively portrait of a native people determined to survive the encroachment of the Western world. It features the Kuna Indians of Panama's San Blas Islands as they unite to protect their rain forest homeland, Kuna Yala, and the tradition it inspires. Told entirely in the words of the Kunas, the film is a plea to care for the earth from a people who have a deep and intimate relationship with the land. Today, the rapid destruction of tropical rain forests is recognized as a critical global problem. A tragic result of this process has been the extinction of countless indigenous peoples. The Kuna Indians are a striking exception to this scenario. We learn first hand how they reject the lure of westernization and reaffirm their own traditional values. The issues [...]
Online
1991
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Soy Huao

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Huaorani community have lived for thousands of years in the Ecuadorian rain-forest. This documentary observes their daily routine. --
Online
2009
8.

The Kayapo

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Documents life among the Kayapo Indians of central Brazil, a fiercely independent tribe, who were forced to become "businessmen" or see their traditional way of life destroyed.
VHS
1990; 1991
Ivy (By Request)
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The Kayapo: Out of the Forest

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Documents the opposition of the Kayapo Indians of central Brazil to the construction of a hydroelectric dam at Altamira. Includes the demonstration by 600 Kayapo against the proposed dam and their success in stopping its construction.
VHS
1991
Ivy (By Request)
10.

The Last of the Cuiva

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Documentary on the life and customs of the Cuiva Indians, who reside in Colombia and Venezuela.
VHS
1991; 1970
Ivy (By Request)
11.

Magical Death

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The film is a vivid portrayal of shamanic activity, as well as an exploration of the close connection between politics and shamanism in Yanomamo culture.
VHS
1987; 1993; 1973
Ivy (By Request)
12.

War of the Gods

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For thousands of years, the Maku and Barasana Indians have lived in the deep forests of northwest Amazonia. Now the traditions of the past are giving way to the forces of Christianity as Catholic missionaries and American evangelists compete to convert the Indians.
VHS
1991; 1971
Ivy (By Request)