DER Documentary

Kiarãsâ Yõ Sâty, The Agouti's Peanut


From the Ashaninka Villages series in the Video in the Villages collection
By Paturi and Komoi Panará
color, 51 min, 2005




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This video examines the everyday work and recreation of the Panará people, who blend their traditional ways with the influences of official Brazilan culture. Lighthearted and compelling, it encourages viewers to question the dichotomy of tradition versus modernity. The Panará hunt with both guns and arrows; boys play soccer and also perform traditional log races.

Women in the video address their changing concepts of modesty and dress. One young man divides his time between the village and Brasilia, where he is improving his Portuguese and working on textbooks in his native language. He says, "we are learning things from the whites, but without abandoning the Panará culture."

According to traditional belief it was the agouti - a small four-legged animal - who gave the Panará the peanut, and they retell the story to children and show their appreciation at harvest-time through an elaborate dance. The Agouti's Peanut presents an optimistic look at contemporary indigenous life and the possibility of harmonious co-existence for indigenous and Brazilian culture.


Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Golden Tatu, Best Video Documentary, XXXII Jornada
Internacional de Cinema da Bahia, Salvador 2005, Brazil
Best Documentary, forumdoc.2005, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Honourable Mention, 10th Internacional Ethnographic Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, 2005
International Ethnographic Film Festival of the Royal Anthropological Institute, UK, 2007
Parnü: International Film Festival, Estonia, 2007

other films from the Ashaninka Villages series:
Imbé Gikegü, The Scent of Pequi Fruit
New Era
Iauaretê, Waterfall of the Jaguars



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