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Warriors of the Amazon

Program Overview


Note: This program contains scenes which include nudity, ritual use of hallucinogenic drugs, and other sensitive matters. You should preview the program to determine its appropriateness for your classroom.

The Yanomami people have lived in a remote part of the Amazon rain forest in Venezuela, South America, for centuries with little or no contact from outside society. Within the past 40 or 50 years, however, contact from non-native groups outside the Yanomami culture has increased, with both postive and negative results. This NOVA program follows a film crew as it documents a group of Yanomami people and explores the relationship between the group and a nearby group and some of the influences that threaten their lives. The program also profiles the daily life of the Yanomami people and highlights their life-cycle rituals, such as healing ceremonies and death practices.

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Warriors of the Amazon
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