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Myth of Naro as Told by Dedeheiwä

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From the Yanomamö series
by Timothy Asch and Napoleon Chagnon
color, 22 min, 1975

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This film presents a version of a myth, different from the Myth of Naro as Told by Kaobawä, in narrative detail and also in the individual raconteur's style. The myth concerns the jealousy of Naro the Ugly toward his brother Yanomamö, who is fragrant and beautiful and has two wives. Desiring the women, Naro kills his brother by blowing magical charms, and is eventually killed himself by a third brother and a variety of ancestors. This is the origin of harmful magic.

In telling the myth Dedeheiwä is, as always, a true performer, embellishing his words with gestures and evident delight at the drama and evocativeness of his tale. In another film, Kaobawä, also a village headman, tells the same myth in a gentle, more reflective style.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
American Film Festival Finalist

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

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