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Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Bugos, Paul E  Search this
Sound editor:
Johnson, Craig  Search this
Mohesiwa  Search this
Sinabimi  Search this
Uuwa  Search this
Yoinakuwa  Search this
Nonokawa  Search this
Kebowa  Search this
Physical description:
reference 1 disc (30 minutes) sound color DVD
reference 1 film reel (1,080 feet) sound color 16mm
reference 1 video cassette (30 minutes) sound color 1/2 inch
archival original 1 film reel (1,080 feet) sound color 16mm
archival original sound 1 film reel (1,080 feet) sound color 16mm
Yanomamo Indians  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)
South America
title from credits (published work) -- archival collection
Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee
Timothy Asch Papers and photographs are archived in the National Anthropological Archives, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Deposited by Timothy Asch and Napoleon Chagnon in 1984
Edited film produced from the 1971 Yanomamo Film project shot in the Amazon Basin of southern Venezuela and northern Brazil between the Negro and the Upper Orinoco rivers. The film documents a fight which erupts in Mishimishimabowei-teri Village involving clubs, machetes, and axes. The footage, which is repeated four times, includes: (1) the unedited record of the fight, (2) a replay of the fight scenes in slow motion in which key figures and their kinship relations are identified, (3) a discussion of the fight in terms of kinship structure which illustrates the fight as a pattern of conflict and alliance over time, and (4) an edited version.
COHEN, Hart, The Ax Fight: Mapping Anthropology on Film. CINE TRACTS: A JOURNAL OF FILM AND CULTURAL STUDIES 2(2): 61-73. 1979
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Conflict--ingroup violence  Search this
Aggression--gestures--postures--threat  Search this
Adornment--authority--headmen--feathers  Search this
Ingroup antagonisms--insults--cursing  Search this
Factions--lineages--marriage alliances  Search this
Weapons--bow stave--club--machete--ax  Search this
Aggression--escalation of  Search this
Kinship  Search this
Language and culture  Search this
Tattooing  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1981.5.1/1984.16.24
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Human Studies Film Archives