Remastered Yanomamö Films Update

Yanomamo Films Restoration Update

The first 2K scans of the Yanomamö films have come back from the lab and we couldn’t wait to share a sneak preview with you. 

For years, the video versions in distribution simply didn’t do these films justice. Fortunately with a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation and contributions from generous donors on Kickstarter, we’re now able to create new digital versions that let us bring the films to you in beautiful, intimate detail – as they were meant to be seen.

These canonical – some would say “infamous” – works, made by Timothy Asch and Napoleon Chagnon, offer an irreplaceable window into a way of life that has been eclipsed by outside social, political and economic forces. They remain important to our understanding of who we are as humans, providing insight into one chapter of human history and our capacity for adaptation to diverse local environments. The films in the Yanomamö Series have been in regular demand for teaching and screenings around the world since their release, and we look forward to making these newly restored versions available in 2019.

Check out a sneak preview of the work in progress!

Every film in the DER collection offers an opportunity to fuel our understanding and imagination of who we are, where we have come from, and the endless possibilities for our collective future.

Your continued support will help us preserve more films in DER’s collection and take on new and exciting contemporary media to share with educators, scholars, and community members like you.

Stay tuned for more updates!


Update on the Indigenous Studies Film Initiative

Update on Indigenous Studies Film Initiative

We are excited to share an update on the progress of our Indigenous Studies Film Initiative. We’ve just completed the first phases related to re-imagining the presentation of Indigenous content on our website which was inspired by our review of contemporary Indigenous archiving standards.

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Yanomamö Preservation Panel at the 2022 Mother Tongue Film Festival

Archival Legacies of the Yanomamö Series – Restoration and Return

In February, DER co-hosted a panel at the Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival titled “Archival Legacies of the Yanomamö Series – Restoration and Return” discussed film preservation and digital restoration of the Yanomamö film series.

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