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Terence Turner papers

Creator:
Turner, Terence  Search this
Names:
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Neel, James V. (James Van Gundia), 1915-  Search this
Tierney, Patrick  Search this
Extent:
56.6 Linear feet (100 document boxes, 4 half-document boxes, 21 shoe boxes, 1 oversize box, and 10 map folders)
86 Sound cassettes
72 Sound tape reels (5")
21 Sound tape reels (3")
4 Sound cassettes (microcassette)
3 Sound tape reels (7")
157 Videocassettes (VHS)
48 Videocassettes (MiniDV)
11 Videodiscs (DVD)
10 Videocassettes (U-matic)
6 Electronic discs (DVD)
2 Film reels (Approximately 3200 feet)
1 Videocassettes (VHS-C)
1 Videocassettes (Hi8)
1 Videocassettes (Video 8)
Culture:
Mebêngôkre (Kayapó/Cayapo)  Search this
Yanomami (Yanoama)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Sound tape reels
Sound cassettes (microcassette)
Videocassettes (vhs)
Videocassettes (minidv)
Videodiscs (dvd)
Videocassettes (u-matic)
Electronic discs (dvd)
Film reels
Videocassettes (vhs-c)
Videocassettes (hi8)
Videocassettes (video 8)
Place:
Amazon River Region
Date:
1938-1942
1952-2015
bulk 1964-2008
Summary:
Terence "Terry" Sheldon Turner (1935-2015) was best known for his ethnographic work among the Mebêngôkre (Kayapó) people of the Amazon rainforest and his work as an activist for the Mebêngôkre and other communities. This collection documents his interest in the Mebêngôkre and his work as a human rights activist. It includes field notes, censuses, papers, notes, correspondence, news clippings, sound recordings, films, photographs, charts and diagrams, genealogy and kinship information, and computer discs.
Scope and Contents:
The Terence Turner papers contain materials related to his work as an anthropologist and human rights activist. Turner's primary focus of research was the Mebêngôkre (Kayapó) people of the Amazon rainforest. The collection contains field notes, censuses, papers and draft manuscripts, correspondence, notes, news clippings, sound recordings, films, photographs, charts and diagrams, genealogy and kinship information, and computer discs relating to that interest. His work in human rights is also well documented; the collection contains notes, papers, correspondence, and news clippings. A significant amount of the human rights material relates to the Yanomami controversy which arose when Turner and Leslie Sponsel sent the American Anthropological Association a memo warning of the furor that was likely to result from the publication of the book Darkness in El Dorado by Patrick Tierney. The human rights materials in the collection also include materials relating to the Mebêngôkre and their environmental protection protests and demonstrations. The film and video primarily relate to the Granada Television films for which he consulted and the films produced by the Kayapo with the help of the Kayapo Video Project. There are some materials relating to courses which he taught or took.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged in 7 series: (1) Research, 1952-2015; (2) Human rights, ethics, and activism, circa 1964-2015; (3) Papers, conferences, and courses, 1959-2013; (4) Correspondence and contacts, 1966-2008; (5) Computer files, 1983-2010; (6) Photographs, 1938-1942, 1952, 1962-2014; (7) Sound recordings, 1962, 1976-2003; and (8) Film and video, 1975-2008
Biographical Note:
Terence "Terry" Sheldon Turner (1935-2015) was best known for his ethnographic work with the Mebêngôkre (Kayapó) people of the Amazon rainforest and his work as an activist for the Mebêngôkre and other communities. He was born in Philadelphia and raised outside of Washington, DC. He earned his A.B. from Harvard University (1957) and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley (1959), in Modern European History. His interest in how society functions brought him to the Department of Social Relations at Harvard University for his Ph.D. (1965), where his studies turned to Social Anthropology. His interests were still in Europe, but his advisor, David Maybury-Lewis, persuaded him to study the Mebêngôkre in Brazil (Moberg). Despite his initial intentions, Turner developed a lasting relationship with the Mebêngôkre, who gave him the name Wakampu. He worked with the community for more than 50 years, visiting them over 20 times.

Turner and his then wife, Joan Bamberger, lived with the Mebêngôkre (Kayapó) from 1962 to 1964 while conducting research for their dissertations. His initial studies were on socio-cultural change, social organization, political systems, dual organization, a comparison to other Gê tribes, and mythology. Joan studied Mebêngôkre material culture, as it related to both function and significance. Turner's interest in mythology and the ties between the structure and motifs of myths to social structure led him to spend a year (1966-1967) at the University of Paris where Claude Lévi-Strauss was working on a project involving comparisons of mythology and social structure of different Central Brazilian indigenous groups.

Turner taught at Cornell University from 1966 to 1968, at the University of Chicago from 1968 to 1999, and then returned to Cornell from 1999 to 2015 where his wife, Jane Fajans, was also a professor. While teaching at the University of Chicago, Turner developed an interest in Karl Marx and the applications of his theories to anthropology (Moberg). He stated in a Guggenheim grant application that "Another main line of theoretical effort has been my attempt to generalize Marx's concept of value to account for the forms of social value generated in such forms of 'social production', in particular those of the Kayapo and other primitive, classless societies" (Terence Turner papers). In an interview for an article in the Chicago Reader, he said that "The Kayapo didn't have an economic sphere. They didn't have commodity production. Production for them in an immediate sense is production of their lives, and of course then you realize–wow!–this is a society for which the complete human being through all stages of life, right up to death, is the supreme product. It's the most complex and demanding product, and the social order is the whole process of producing that product" (Moberg). His interest in Marx led him to study Piaget, Vygotsky, Leont'ev, and Zinchenko, who "provided analytically principled ways of connecting material activity with forms of consciousness" (Terence Turner papers).

Turner was interested in visual anthropology. He assisted in the production of three British documentaries on the Mebêngôkre people: the BBC's Face Values in 1976 and Granada Television's Disappearing World series episodes "The Kayapo" and "The Kayapo: Out of the Forest" in 1987 and 1989. He also assisted the Mebêngôkre in documenting their own culture. The Mebêngôkre had obtained video cameras in 1985 and Turner encouraged them to obtain more cameras from the Granada crew in return for access to the community in 1987 (Harms). In 1990, he created the Kayapo Video Project, which funded the purchase of cameras, education for the Mebêngôkre filmmakers in filming and editing, and preserving the original footage at the Kayapo Video Archive/Arquivo de Video Kaiapo at the Centro de Trabalho Indigenista. Turner stated in a 1996 request for funding that the purpose of the project was "to generate an extensive archive of videos about all aspects of Kayapo culture and ecological knowledge, and simultaneously build up a cadre of well-trained video camerapersons and video-editors capable of continuing video-making and using activities into the future. The videos will be produced (both shot and edited) by the Kayapo themselves. They will form the backbone of a larger project of Kayapo cultural preservation, provide visual tests for use in a projected Kayapo educational program, and also generate a unique audio-visual record of the ecological knowledge and technology of a major Amazonian culture" (Terence Turner papers).

Turner was also very involved in human rights work and activism for indigenous communities. He felt it was the responsibility of anthropologists to defend the rights of the people whom they studied. He was involved in "anthropological activism," assisting the Mebêngôkre and others in their fight to protect their rights and environment. This interest began when Turner investigated the movement of miners, loggers, and poachers onto Mebêngôkre lands for FUNAI (the Fundação Nacional do Índio) (Harms). There were widespread protests against these incursions by the Mebêngôkre beginning in the early 1970s, which resulted in the Mebêngôkre gaining land rights. Despite this success, conflicts between the Mebêngôkre and Brazilian nationals, as well as within the Mebêngôkre community, continued. Turner both observed and participated in many of these protests and documented the ways in which these actions affected Mebêngôkre society and culture. Two of the most important protests concerned the planned construction of a series of hydroelectric dams on the Xingú River. The first protest, at Altamira in 1989, successfully derailed the project. The success of this protest brought international attention to the Mebêngôkre, who sent representatives to Canada in 1992 to support the Cree, who were protesting the construction of a hydroelectric dam there. The Brazilian government redesigned their original plans for the series of dams on the Xingú River; when these plans were leaked in 2008, another protest ensued. Turner and his daughter, Vanessa, documented this protest.

Turner's commitment to human rights led to him becoming a founding member of the American Anthropological Association's Ethics Committee (1969-1972) and Committee for Human Rights (1992-1997), serving as president of Survival International, U.S.A., heading the Special Commission of the American Anthropological Association to Investigate the Situation of the Brazilian Yanomami (1990-1991), and receiving the Solon T. Kimball Award from the American Anthropological Association in 1998.

Sources Cited

American Anthropological Association. "AAA Mourns the Loss of Dr. Terence Turner." Accessed June 22, 2022. https://www.americananthro.org/StayInformed/NewsDetail.aspx?ItemNumber=13188

Glaser, Linda B. "Anthropologist Terence Turner dies at 79." Cornell Chronicle, November 11, 2015.

Harms, William. "Terence Turner, anthropologist and human rights advocate for indigenous people, 1935-2015." UChicago News, November 17, 2015.

Moberg, David. "When Worlds Collide: Encounters with Anthropologist Terence Turner and other agents of modernity left the Kayapo of Brazil with something they'd never had before: power." Chicago Reader, October 2, 1997.

Survival International. "Terry Turner." Accessed June 22, 2022. https://www.survivalinternational.org/news/10992

Terence Turner papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

1935 December 30 -- Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1957 -- A.B. from Harvard College in Modern European History, graduating cum Laude

1959 -- M.A. from the University of California, Berkley, in Modern European History

1961 -- Married Joan Bamberger on August 25

1962 -- Began work with Mebêngôkre (Kayapó)

1965 -- Ph.D. from Harvard University's Department of Social Relations in Social Anthropology Research associate at the Museo Nacional do Brasil

1966-1968 -- Visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Cornell University

1968-1982 -- Assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago

1969-1972 -- Member of the American Anthropological Association's Ethics Committee

1976 -- Advisor for the filming of Face Values with the BBC

1980 -- Married Jane Fajans on July 25

1981 -- Daughter Vanessa Fajans-Turner born on September 26

1982-1999 -- Professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago.

1984 -- Daughter Allison Fajans-Turner born on June 15

1987 -- Advisor for the filming of Disappearing World: The Kayapo with Granada Films

1989 -- Advisor for the filming of Disappearing World: The Kayapo: Out of the Forest with Granada Films

1990-1991 -- Chair of the American Anthropological Association's Special Commission to Investigate the Situation of the Brazilian Yanomami

1992-1997 -- Member of the American Anthropological Association's Committee for Human Rights

1998 -- Received Solon T. Kimball Award from the American Anthropological Association

1999-2004 -- Adjunct professor of anthropology at Cornell University.

2004-2015 -- Visiting professor of anthropology at Cornell University.

2015 November 7 -- Died in Ithaca, New York.
Orthography:
The archivist uses Mebêngôkre (Kayapó) or Mebêngôkre to refer to the Mebêngôkre people. However, Turner and other anthropologists whose work is included in the collection used other spelling variations (Mẽbêngôkre, Mebengokre, Megengokré, Kayapó, Kayapo, Kaiapó, Kaiapo, Cayapó, Cayapo, and Caiapo) which have not be altered in folder titles or descriptions.

The archivist uses Yanomami to refer to the Yanomami (Yanoama) people. Some folder titles or contents may use the Yanomamö spelling.
Related Materials:
Materials related to the Mebêngôkre (Kayapó) in the National Anthropological Archives (NAA) can also be found in the William Lipkind papers and Photo Lot 79-1. Materials related to the Yanomami in the NAA can also be found in the Timothy Asch papers, the American Anthropological Association records, and Photo Lot 94-28. Materials related to the Yanomami in the Human Studies Film Archives (HSFA) can be found in the Timothy Asch and Napoleon Chagnon films of the Yanomamo.
Provenance:
The Terence Turner papers were donated to the National Anthropological Archives by Turner's wife, Jane Fajans, in 2020.
Restrictions:
Audiovisual and digital materials are restricted. Please contact the archives for information on the availability of access copies.

Graded papers are restricted for 80 years from the date of their creation and grant applications are restricted for 30 years from the date of their creation. These restrictions are noted on the folder level.

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Topic:
Human Rights  Search this
Ethics  Search this
Brazil  Search this
Environmental issues  Search this
Indigenous peoples -- Civil rights  Search this
Citation:
Terence Turner papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.2020-03
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3c4036e9a-bdac-4313-9fe0-b42094d645fd
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ead_collection:sova-naa-2020-03

Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo

Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
121 Film reels (color sound; 95,866 feet, 16mm)
Linear feet
Culture:
Yanomamö (Yanomamo)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Sound films
Place:
South America
Venezuela
Orinoco River (Venezuela and Colombia)
Date:
1968-1975
Scope and Contents:
Film documentation of the Yanomamo Indians of southern Venezuela shot by Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon. Collection also contains camera and sound logs, correspondence, production notes, sound recordings, and related publications.

Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.
Related Materials:
The National Anthropological Archives holds the Timothy Asch papers.
Provenance:
Received from Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon in 1984.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
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Genre/Form:
Sound films
Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
HSFA.1984.16
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Human Studies Film Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc9f3e341e9-197d-4913-a49b-3682986176c4
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-hsfa-1984-16
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Yanomamo film project

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
79 Film reels (color sound; 69,362 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1971
Scope and Contents:
Outtake film footage of the Yanomamo Indians of the Amazon Basin of southern Venezuela and nothern Brazil documents all aspects of Yanomamo life including inter-village politics and exchange, socialization, familial and kinship relations, subsistence activities, and the impact of acculturation. Legacy Keywords: Language and culture ; Shamans headmen Yanomamo Venezuela ; Subsistence activities Yanomamo ; Exchange inter-village Yanomamo
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.1
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Human Studies Film Archives
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EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-1984-16-ref1

Magical Death

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (29 minutes, color sound; 1044 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1973
Scope and Contents:
Edited film 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. A portrayal of shamanic activity and its role in inter-village alliances and magical attack in Yanomamo society. The drama of shamanic possession is shown over a two-day period as a powerful shaman summons the hekura spirits to destroy the souls of an enemy's children for their new allies. The film elaborates indigenous ideas of spirit possession and interprets the relationship between Yanomamo shamanism, warfare, and politics.

Legacy Keywords: Language and culture ; Shamanism magical attack Yanomamo Venezuela ; Alliances inter-village shamanism Yanomamo ; Spirits hekura invocation of Yanomamo ; Possession shamans Yanomamo ; Aggression magical attack shamans Yanomamo ; Warfare inter-village Yanomamo ; Drugs hallucinogenic spirit possession Yanomamo
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.10
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc9468f75d0-7c58-4c7d-95cc-540fdd54b2a9
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ead_component:sova-hsfa-1984-16-ref10

A Man and his Wife Weave a Hammock

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (12 minutes, color sound; 432 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1974
Scope and Contents:
Edited film 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 . A Yanomamo village headman weaves a cotton hammock while his wife and infant watch. Film reveals aspects of interpersonal family relations.

Legacy Keywords: Language and culture ; Weaving hammock Yanomamo Venezuela ; Crafts weaving Yanomamo ; Interpersonal relations familial Yanomamo
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.11
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Human Studies Film Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc97a1ee810-fcbf-40fe-ae9e-c182d8e247c5
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ead_component:sova-hsfa-1984-16-ref11

Moonblood: a Yanomamo Creation Myth as Told by Dedeheiwa

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (14 minutes, color sound; 504 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1974
Scope and Contents:
Edited film 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. A Yanomamo shaman tells the myth of the creation of human beings from the blood of the moon spilled by the ancestors. In Yanomamo society the myth is a charter for social relations as it serves the ideological function of accounting for human violence.

Legacy Keywords: Language and culture ; Shamans storytelling muths Yanomamo Venezuela ; Myths Creation Yanomamo ; Storytelling shamans Yanomamo
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.12
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Human Studies Film Archives
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ead_component:sova-hsfa-1984-16-ref12

Myth of Naro as Told by Dedeheiwa

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (22 minutes, color sound; 792 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1974
Scope and Contents:
Edited film 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. One of two related films which presents a versions of the myth of "Naro the Ugly" which deals with Naro's jealousy over his brother's wives. The myth describes the origins of harmful magic among the Yanomamo. Viewed in conjunction with the film MYTH OF NARO AS TOLD BY KAOBAWA, it provides a comparative view of narrative performance and oratorical style among the Yanomamo.

Legacy Keywords: Language and culture ; Myths malign magic Yanomamo Venezuela ; Oral performance myths Yanomamo ; Storytelling Yanomamo
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.13
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Human Studies Film Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc956fe1d19-6c4e-4d2d-84ed-b10eb04e1b91
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ead_component:sova-hsfa-1984-16-ref13

Myth of Naro as Told by Kaobawa

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (22 minutes, color sound; 792 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1975
Scope and Contents:
Edited film 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. One of two related films which presents a versions of the myth of "Naro the Ugly" which deals with Naro's jealousy over his brother's wives. The myth describes the origins of harmful magic among the Yanomamo. Viewed in conjunction with the film MYTH OF NARO AS TOLD BY DEDEHEIWA, it provides a comparative view of narrative performance and oratorical style among the Yanomamo.

Legacy Keywords: Myths malign magic Yanomamo Venezuela ; Oral performance myths Yanomamo ; Storytelling Yanomamo ; Language and culture
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.14
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Human Studies Film Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc956ecf42b-8341-482b-a090-32b83c15552c
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ead_component:sova-hsfa-1984-16-ref14

New Tribes Mission

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (12 minutes, color sound; 432 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1974
Scope and Contents:
Edited film 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. One of two related films on the Yanomamo dealing with the role of Catholic missions. The film describes the goal of the mission in Bisaasi-teri--to preach Christian salvation and encourage a rejection of indigenous spiritual beliefs and practices--and provides visual evidence of the material processes of change.

Legacy Keywords: Language and culture ; Missions Catholic Yanomamo Venezuela ; Acculturation Yanomamo ; Schools mission teachers Yanomamo
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.15
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Human Studies Film Archives
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ead_component:sova-hsfa-1984-16-ref15

Ocamo is My Town

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (23 minutes, color sound; 828 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1974
Scope and Contents:
Edited film 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. One of two related films on the Yanomamo dealing with the role of Catholic missions. The film describes efforts of an extraordinary Salesian priest to soften the impact of civilization on the local Yanomamo people living in the area of his mission on the Ocamo River. Depicted are a number of the changes which the mission has brought to the Yanomamo such as use of new medicines, the raising of cattle and chicken, and the use of new foods.

Legacy Keywords: Missions Catholic Yanomamo Venezuela ; Acculturation subsistence practices Yanomamo ; Schools mission teachers Yanomamo ; Fishing Yanomamo ; Language and culture
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.16
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc94707ce98-fe37-42a1-a115-4ec8bee2e4f9
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ead_component:sova-hsfa-1984-16-ref16

Tapir Distribution

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (15 minutes, color sound; 540 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1975
Scope and Contents:
Edited film from the 1971 Yanomamo film project shot in the Amazon Basin of southern Venezuela and southern Brazil between the Negro and the Upper Orinoco rivers. A tapir killed by the most prominent headman in Mishimishima-bowei-teri is presented to a group of male affines who constitute an important political bloc in that Yanomamo village. The film shows how the meat is prepared, cooked, and distributed and interprets how the gift of the animal is used to reinforce a shaken alliance with the headman's affines. The politics of exchange depicted in this film relate to events depicted in THE AX FIGHT.

Legacy Keywords: Language and culture ; Food quest hunting native fauna Yanomamo ; Food preparation butchering tapir Yanomamo ; Food kin groups distribution of Yanomamo
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.17
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Tug-of-war, Yanomamo

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (9 minutes, color sound; 324 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1975
Scope and Contents:
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. Children and women of a Yanomamo village play a game of tug-of-war.

Legacy Keywords: Language and culture ; Play tug-of-war Yanomamo Venezuela ; Ecology tropical habitat Yanomamo
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.18
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Human Studies Film Archives
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ead_component:sova-hsfa-1984-16-ref18

Weeding the Garden

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (14 minutes, color sound; 504 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1974
Scope and Contents:
Edited film 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. Film shows a Yanomamo shaman weeding his manioc garden and clearing leaves from around his plantains. Depicts the nature of interaction between a man and his wife and children.

Legacy Keywords: Language and culture ; Subsistence activities gardens Yanomamo ; Interpersonal relations familial Yanomamo ; Family interpersonal relations Yanomamo
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.19
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Human Studies Film Archives
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ead_component:sova-hsfa-1984-16-ref19

Arrow Game

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (color sound, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1974
Scope and Contents:
Edited film 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. Film depicts the way in which young Yanomamo boys learn skills for hunting and warfare. Young boys engage in an arrow fight in a clearing, practicing their aim with blunt arrows and dodging the shots of their playmates.

Legacy Keywords: Language and culture ; Play bows and arrows Yanomamo ; Socialization in play Yanomamo ; Aggression training for Yanomamo ; Weapons bows and arrows Yanomamo
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.2
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Yanomamo film project

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
23 Film reels (color sound; 15,623 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1968
Scope and Contents:
Outtake film footage of the Yanomamo Indians of the Amazon Basin of southern Venezuela and nothern Brazil documents all aspects of Yanomamo life including inter-village politics and exchange, socialization, familial and kinship relations, subsistence activities, and the impact of acculturation.
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.20
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Human Studies Film Archives
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The Ax Fight

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (20 minutes, color sound; 1080 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1975
Scope and Contents:
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.

Editor: Paul E. Burgos ; Sound Editor: Craig Johnson

Legacy Keywords: Conflict ingroup violence ; Aggression gestures postures threat ; Adornment authority headmen feathers ; Ingroup antagonisms insults cursing ; Factions lineages marriage alliances ; Weapons bow stave club machete ax ; Aggression escalation of ; Kinship ; Language and culture ; Tattooing

Depicted: Mohesiwa ; Sinabimi ; Uuwa ; Yoinakuwa ; Nonokawa ; Kebowa
Local Number:
HSFA 1981.5.1/1984.16.24
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc92e8faccb-75f7-444c-8b6f-2525bc242904
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ead_component:sova-hsfa-1984-16-ref21

Bride Service

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (10 minutes, color sound; 360 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1975
Scope and Contents:
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. In this vignette from daily life, a headman's son returns from hunting with a wild turkey and a basket of fruit for his father-in-law. The ensuing events depict how this transaction of a gift is negotiated since avoidance rules prohibit the hunter from delivering the food directly to his father-in-law. The film provides material for examining Yanomamo sex roles, division of labor, and obligations within the family.

Legacy Keywords: Language and culture ; Food gathering Yanomamo Venezuela ; Division of labor sexual Yanomamo ; Villages Yanomamo Venezuela ; Kinship avoidance rules Yanomamo ; Polygyny Yanomamo ; Authority kinship politico-jural rules Yanomamo
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.3
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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ead_component:sova-hsfa-1984-16-ref3

Children's Magical Death

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (7 minutes, color sound; 252 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1974
Scope and Contents:
Edited film 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. Film shows a group of young boys pretending to be shamans. Imitating their fathers' activities, the boys blow ashes into each other's noses and chant to the hekura spirits.

Legacy Keywords: Language and culture ; Shamanism mimicry of Yanomamo Venezuela ; Play as socialization Yanomamo ; Spirits invocation of Yanomamo
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.4
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Human Studies Film Archives
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ead_component:sova-hsfa-1984-16-ref4

Climbing the Peach Palm

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (9 minutes, color sound; 324 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1974
Scope and Contents:
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. A young Yanomamo man constructs a climbing frame in order to harvest the fruit from the spiny barked peach palm tree.

Legacy Keywords: Language and culture ; Food gathering Yanomamo Venezuela ; Division of labor sexual Yanomamo ; Ecology tropical rainforest Venezuela ; Kinship obligations of Yanomamo ; Technology Yanomamo
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.5
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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ead_component:sova-hsfa-1984-16-ref5

A Father Washes his Children

Collection Creator:
Asch, Timothy  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (15 minutes, color sound; 540 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1974
Scope and Contents:
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. A Yanomamo shaman and village headman takes nine of his children and grandchildren to the river where he washes them.

Legacy Keywords: Language and culture ; Hygiene bathing Yanomamo Venezuela ; Ecology tropical Yanomamo
Local Number:
HSFA 1984.16.6
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Timothy Asch and Napolean Chagnon films of the Yanomamo
Archival Repository:
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GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc9acefa763-4d97-4f48-ac48-6a0c118dbf10
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-1984-16-ref6

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