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From the Video in the Villages series in the Video in the Villages collection
By Vincent Carelli
color, 27 min, 1988

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This video traces the resistance and strategy of the Parakatêjê (Gavião) during their 25-year struggle to maintain autonomy in the face of huge development projects in the south of Pará From their first disastrous contact with whites in the 1950s, to their current negotiations with government power companies, the video shows how the Gaviao have struggled to reclaim their forest land from developers and agricultural settlers.

Against this background, Pemp shows the Parakatêjê's most precious project - the preservation of ceremonies and songs that are in danger of being lost, as a younger generation becomes more immersed in outside cultural influences such as television. Kokrenum, chief and keeper of the group's traditions, uses video to preserve rituals and transmit them to future generations.

other films from the Video in the Villages series:
Daritidzé, Trainee Healer
The Girl's Celebration
Video Cannibalism
Jungle Secrets
Video in the Villages Presents Itself
The Spirit of TV
Video in the Villages

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