Yanomami: Straddling Two Worlds

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Released 2006

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Yanomami: Straddling Two Worlds follows the Yanomami Indians, living in the Amazon forests crossing Venezuela and Brazil, are one of the last large relatively unacculturated indigenous groups left in the world. Increasing contacts with the outside world, especially over the last 25 years, has dramatically impacted the Yanomami.Yanomami: Straddling Two Worlds documents the lives of a group of Indians (whose origins are from more remote highland areas) living along the lowland banks of a navigable river. They've migrated to be closer to sources of metal goods, medicines and other material goods that have made their lives easier. They now have frequent contact with a wide variety of people who travel along the river - gold miners, merchants, missionaries, anthropologists, government agents, military, local residents and tourists. They've learned new skills to adapt to new living conditions (such as fishing to compensate for diminished wildlife for hunting) and are learning to need money and other goods. New ways of life are replacing ancient traditions. The Yanomami are one of man's last links to our ancient, semi-nomadic, hunter-gatherer history. When the Yanomami are integrated into modern society, the world will lose a rich cultural tradition originating with our earliest ancestors. Film Treatment: In November 2000, just before the Venezuelan government closed protected Yanomami lands to outsiders, filmmakers Cliff Orloff and Olga Shalygin, a Pulitizer Prize winning photojournalist, visited and liv...

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