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Nguné Elü, The Day the Moon Menstruated



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From the Indigenous Video Makers series in the Video in the Villages collection
By Takumã Kuikuro, Maricá Kuikuro
color, 28 min, 2004




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During a video workshop in the Kuikuro village in the Upper Xingu, a lunar eclipse takes place, bringing mysterious consequences. Everything is turned upside-down as the male moon menstruates. It is time for purifying practices such as scarifying the skin, inducing vomiting and wrestling. Shamans cure the body pains brought about by the eclipse, while women sing songs about sexuality and gender, relating the moon's menstruation to their own.


other films from the Indigenous Video Makers series:
One Must Be Curious
Moyngo, The Dream of Maragareum
Wapté Mnhõnõ, The Xavante's Initiation
The Rainy Season
Wai'á Rini, The Power of the Dream
Shomõtsi
Dancing with a Dog
Kinja Iakaha, A Day in the Village
A Path to Live
Trainees for the Future
The Living Forest
From the Ikpeng Children to the World



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