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The Girl's Celebration


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From the Video in the Villages series in the Video in the Villages collection
By Vincent Carelli
color, 18 min, 1987




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The Nambiquara of Mato Grosso are trying to re-establish their traditional practices. In The Girl's Celebration a girl undergoes puberty rites after her first menstruation, entering seclusion for several months; a neighboring village is then invited to fetch her out of isolation and to take part in a feast and celebration. Ceremonies like this double as political events, strengthening ties between Nambiquara and other Indian groups, and watching video footage of the ceremony allows the people of the village to assess themselves and their visitors. Video also allows the Nambiquara to proudly record the revival of their most distinctive practice: the lip and nose-piercing of boys.

other films from the Video in the Villages series:
Daritidzé, Trainee Healer
Pemp
Video Cannibalism
Jungle Secrets
Video in the Villages Presents Itself
The Spirit of TV
Morayngava
Video in the Villages



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