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Physical description:
archival original 2 film reels (2,160 feet) sound color 16mm
Huichol Indians  Search this
Television programs
Motion pictures (visual works)
Central America
North America
ca 1992
Title from credits (published work)--archival collection
Supplementary materials: production logs,
Edited film hosted by Harvard Anthropologist, David Maybury-Lewis, focuses on cultural belief systems and how various societies understand reality and spiritual beliefs. This episode argues against the "modern" western separation of scientific knowledge and spiritual belief systems. Footage includes a television interview of a United States park ranger who survived seven hits by lightning; the Huichol, or Wixáritari, people living in the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountain Range on Central Mexico, focusing on traditional healing practices and how they interact and clash with "modern" western medical practices; a Canadian doctor experimenting with psychological and spiritual healing, focusing on his work with Jane Ekers, a woman battling cancer; and the Goolarabooloo community, a small Australian aboriginal group near Broome, focusing on the perspectives of an aboriginal and a Dutch man and their understandings of tribal beliefs concerning time, ritual, supernatural forces, illusion, and reality.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
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Local number:
HSFA 2012.13.9
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Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World
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Human Studies Film Archives