Jose Padhila, Secrets of the Tribe

Jose Padhila, Secrets of the Tribe, Brazil, 2010Jose Padhila, Secrets of the Tribe, Brazil, 2010.

“We no longer want anthropologists. You shouldn’t want to study over here. It’s all over now. Do not come. We want you to always stay where you are. We do not want to work in your land.” Alfredo, member of the Yanomami tribe.

The field of anthropology goes under the magnifying glass in a fiery investigation of the seminal research on Yanomami Indians, also known as the ‘Fierce People’. In the 1960s and 70s, a steady stream of anthropologists filed into the Amazon Basin to observe this ‘virgin’ society untouched by modern life. Thirty years later, the events surrounding this infiltration have become a scandalous tale of academic ethics and infighting.

 

 

Secrets of the Tribe, 1h30

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