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Bride Service



From the Yanomamo series
by Timothy Asch and Napoleon Chagnon
color, 10 min, 1975




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In this vignette from daily life, Dedeheiwa's son returns from hunting and brings a wild turkey and a basket of fruit for his father-in-law. He dumps the goods on the ground, since avoidance rules prohibit him from delivering them directly. Dedeheiwa shouts for someone to collect the offering, and the father-in-law's senior wife sends her husband's newest wife, a ten year-old girl, to fetch the food. She is small and the basket is large and heavy, but she manages to stagger across the village and deliver it. The film provides material for examining Yanomamo sex roles, division of labor, and obligations within the family.


Other films in the Yanomamo series:
Arrow Game
The Ax Fight
Children's Magical Death
Climbing the Peach Palm
A Father Washes His Children
The Feast
Firewood
Jaguar, a Yanomamo Twin Cycle Myth
Magical Death
A Man and His Wife Make a Hammock
Man Called Bee: Studying the Yanomamo
Moonblood: A Yanomamo Creation Myth
Myth of Naro, as told by Dedeheiwa
Myth of Naro, as told by Kaobawa
New Tribes Mission
Ocamo is My Town
Tapir Distribution
Tug-of-War, Yanomamo
Weeding the Garden
Yanomamo: A Multidisciplinary Study
Yanomamo of the Orinoco



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