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Brazil, Xingu Head Water Region (Yaulapiti) -- Catching Fish by Poisoning the Water 1955

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Physical description:
one film reel (3 min.) silent color 16mm reference film
Yaulapiti  Search this
Projected media
Brazil, Xingu Head Water Region
South America
Title from credits (published work)--study collection
Supplementary materials: German language study guide
Deposited in HSFA in 2006 by Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film (IWF) Wissen und Medien gGmbH via the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Audio-visual Services, which possessed the film prints as the American Distributor for the IWF Encyclopaedia Cinematographica. Films were made by various German anthropologists for inclusion in the Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film (IWF) Encyclopaedia Cinematographica. Film prints of the Encyclopaedia Cinematographica were distributed in North America by Penn State Audio-Visual Services under an agreement with IWF. When Penn State Audio-Visual Services effectively closed in 2005, the film prints were offered to the Human Studies Film Archives. The HSFA agreed to accept all the ethnographic film titles in the Encyclopaedia Cinematographica. Since Penn State had no rights to the prints, HSFA negotiated an agreement with IWF Wissen und Medien gGmbH.
16 mm film prints.
Edited film: shows a common method of catching fish in the Xingu area. Entrances to a lagoon have been blocked off with branches. Yaulapiti men stand in a semicircle in the water and shake bundles of liana vines in the water. After a few hours, the poison from the liana juice takes effect, and stunned fish rise to the surface where they are collected. In the meantime, men teach some of the older children how to shoot with bow and arrow.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland
Local number:
HSFA 2006.2.924
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Film set from Encyclopaedia Cinematographica, Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film 1952-1995
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Human Studies Film Archives